HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — After a tenuous recent split, BK Racing announced Monday evening that Gray Gaulding will return to the team for Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Gaulding will pilot the No. 83 Toyota, with Champion Machinery on board as the primary sponsor.
“I’m excited to make my first trip to ‘The Lady in Black,’” said Gaulding. “Growing up, my grandfather has always showed me pictures and told me stories about going to Darlington for the Labor Day weekend. Thank you to Champion Machinery for partnering with BK Racing and everyone for working hard to put this deal together.”
Gaulding ran 13 of the first 14 races of the season with the Ron Devine-owned team, scoring a best finish of 20th at Talladega Superspeedway in May.
A financial dispute between Gaulding, his family and Devine was reportedly the reason for Gaulding’s departure from the team following the 14th race of the season at Pocono Raceway in June.
Gaulding ran an additional five races with Jay Robinson’s Premium Motorsports following the change.
Champion will return as primary sponsor again on Oct. 8 for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and will also serve as an associate sponsor on both the No. 23 and No. 83 for the remainder of the 2017 season.
“We are extremely proud and excited to rejoin BK Racing, as well as establish their machine shop with state-of-the-art technology.” Said Dale Danahey, president of Champion Machinery. “We strongly believe that every race team should have their own machine shop to control the cost, quality and delivery of key racing components and gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive premier level of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”
“Dale Danahey and Champion Machinery has been good friends of BK Racing for a number of years,” added BK Racing CMO Doug Fritz. “It’s exciting to have them on board with us for the remainder of the season.”
BK Racing contributed material to this story.