Brad Keselowski Racing announced Tuesday their plans for the Camping World Truck Series in 2013. The team will field two trucks, one driven full-time by Ryan Blaney and a second truck shared among multiple drivers. Blaney will be competing for the championship in the No.29 truck while the second truck will not be. Ryan Blaney won at Iowa last year for BKR, becoming the youngest winner in Truck Series history.
The second truck fielded by BKR will be the No.19 truck and it will have multiple drivers behind the wheel throughout the season. Ross Chastain will drive 15 races in the Truck. BKR picked up Chastain for 2013 after Chastain competed for SS Green Light Racing last season. Dave Blaney (Ryan’s dad) will race in one event for BKR in the No.19 truck at Eldora. Dave Blaney has a background of dirt racing so it was an obvious choice for team-owner Brad Keselowski to put Dave in the truck for the Truck Series’ inaugural race on dirt at Eldora. Keselowski’s teammate in the Cup Series, Joey Logano, will run select races in the No.19 truck along with boss-man Keselowski running a few races. Chad Kendrick will be the crew chief for the No.19 truck.
Since BKR’s affiliate team is Penske Racing, when Penske switched manufacturers from Dodge to Ford, so will BKR. Last season BKR raced Dodge’s like Penske but with Penske switching to Ford for 2013, BKR will do the same.
Ryan Blaney is one great young racer and when BKR/Penske picked him up late last season, they scored big. Blaney has the talent to contend for the championship and with a full-time ride he surely will be looking to become the youngest Truck Series champion ever. BKR paired Blaney up with crew chief Doug Randolph last season and success came immediately so Randolph will return as crew chief this season. Blaney paired up with a good team with BKR and success is surely around the corner for Blaney.
BKR sure did pick out some great talent to driver their trucks in 2013. From two young talents in Ryan Blaney and Ross Chastain, to a few Cup stars in team owner Keselowski and Keselowski’s teammate Logano and finally a dirt track expert to run at Eldora in Dave Blaney. BKR will be hungry for success this season and with the lineup for drivers they have, there will be no reason success shouldn’t come.
By Jason Schultz