Gaulding joins BK Racing

Gaulding, 18, will pilot the No. 23 Toyota for the full Monster Energy Cup Series — sans Daytona because he has yet to be approved for restrictor plate tracks.

“When I first walked into the BK Racing shop I felt at home, it has the perfect mixture of corporate America and the old-school race shop feeling” Gaulding said. “Everyone was elbows deep preparing for Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas and the entire season.

“(Team owner) Ron Devine has invested a lot of time, effort, and equity into BK Racing and it shows as you walk the shop floor. To be back with Toyota is great, I’ve kept a great relationship with them and they’re a great technical partner. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and represent everyone at BK Racing and our partners that allow us to be at the track.”

Gaulding has raced since he was three. The former NASCAR Next driver cut his teeth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour in 2013 when he was 15. Although he only competed in three KNPS West races that year, Gaulding scored his first victory in the series in dramatic fashion after moving Cole Custer on the final lap to win the race.

In 2014, Gaulding ran nine races in the NASCAR Camping World Series. His best result came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park where he started second and finished fourth. Gaulding ran four additional truck races in 2015 and made two starts with Roush Fenway Racing last year. He finished 13th at both Bristol and Richmond.

“Over the years, BK Racing has given many talented young drivers the chance to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and make a name for themselves,” said BKR team owner Ron Devine. “We see Gray Gaulding as a potential superstar in our sport.”

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