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In the pits at Martinsville Speedway during the 2012 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race with the RK Motors Charlotte-sponsored Toyota Camry.

A sweeping curve in France – The RK Motors Charlotte-sponsored Ferrari 458 at 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2012.

A Car with a View

Here’s what it looks like from the driver’s seat of Rob Kauffman’s 1956 Ferrari 250GT Boano as he drives through the amazing mountains of Colorado. One word sums it up; breathtaking! Plus more photos from the Colorado Grand event:

Rob Kauffman at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2014

Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Held on August 14-17 at the Mazda Raceway Leguna Seca racing facility, approximately 550 vehicles were invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event. Vehicles are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. This year, the 100th anniversary of the iconic Italian automaker – Maserati – was the featured marque. Participants took part in 15 race groups, ranging from pre-war to more modern-day race cars. RK Motors’ Chairman Rob Kauffman participated in three class races, 3B, 6A and 7A driving his 1972 McLaren M8FP, 1959 Lister Costin and 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, respectively. For more information on this race event, go to and to learn more about RK Motors Charlotte, visit our website at

No. 15 RK Motors Toyota Watkins Glen Preview

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to the second and final road course of the season at Watkins Glen International this weekend. The 11-turn road course has provided its share of on-track drama, including some exciting finishes and soap opera-like incidents with drivers and fans alike. Clint Bowyer isn’t looking for any drama, just a solid finish. His record at The Glen is currently among the best in the sport. In the past two races, Bowyer has the third best driving record with an average finish of 5.0 and the second best finish at road courses since February 2012, averaging a 5.2. After finishing in the top-five at Pocono last weekend in the number four spot, Bowyer is 14th out of a possible 16 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. “We’ve had some decent finishes at Watkins Glen the past few years. You’ve really got to have everything go right on the road courses. You can’t make dumb mistakes, dive bomb someone and crash, taking yourself out of the race. I think we can get a good finish, we just have to have everything go right and not do something that takes us out of the running.” When [...]

Clint Bowyer & The No. 15 RK Motors Toyota Take 4th at Pocono II

Clint Bowyer, the No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver finished fourth in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Pennsylvania at Pocono Raceway. The MWR driver started 14th and quickly demonstrated that he was one of the fastest cars on the track. Bowyer ran in the top-10, then drop to mid-pack at various times throughout the race. As the race neared completion, Clint’s driving strategy prevailed and he climbed to third with 15 laps remaining. At the re-start, Bowyer was in fourth place with four laps to go and held on to take that position at the checkered flag. The No.15 team heads to Watkins Glen International this Sunday. “I’m real proud of all of the guys that work so hard on this RK Motors Toyota. We just keep plugging away. Obviously we need to improve to get to where we can win one of these races, but we could keep inching closer and closer. If we can get the solid finishes, stay consistent and get ourselves in the Chase maybe we can win a championship.” Though this season’s win-less streak grew to 62, things are looking up with his fifth top-10 finish in the last seven Sprint Cup [...]

No. 15 RK Motors Toyota Runs Indy

The No. 15 RK Motors Toyota car piloted by Clint Bowyer headed to the famed yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the past weekend, where Clint has two top-five and two top-10 finishes in eight starts. Here’s what Clint had to say when asked what it means to race at Indianapolis. “The history is what you go there for. That place is just so rich and deep in history that you’re ecstatic every time you roll into the place. A lot of big names and a lot of exposure has always been on the place. It doesn’t matter what you race or how you came up, you’re very fond and very aware of Indianapolis and what that track means to auto racing. It really is cool to be able to race on that race track, but aside from that it’s so hard to get around.” Bowyer had a brief moment in the sun during the Brickyard 400. It came after a Lap 97 caution when it was reported that Bowyer would benefit from the caution because he had already pitted. But he hadn’t come in for service and by staying out on old tires he went from first [...]

Freedom, Independence And The 30th Anniversary Of King Richard’s 200th Victory

Every once in a while the stars align and truly magical things happen. That might sound like a line from your favorite whimsical fairy tale. But consider that, thirty years ago this Friday, July 4th, Richard Petty capped a phenomenal career in stock car racing by claiming his 200th and final victory in front of the President of the United States of America. The stage was set when President Ronald Reagan, in the middle of a re-election bid, wanted a Fourth of July activity that was both entertaining and productive. Curb Records owner Mike Curb, who happened to know the president personally, mentioned that he had recently fielded a NASCAR team. The president, noting an excellent opportunity to claim a few more ‘Reagan Democrats’, thought Daytona’s upcoming Firecracker 400 would be the perfect venue to both politic and unwind. So, on July 4th 1984, he headed down to Florida to count a few laps and enjoy a southern-style picnic with the whole NASCAR family. Of course, NASCAR probably would’ve never gotten the nod had it not been for the sport’s exploding popularity. By the mid-80s, ever-increasing speeds, exposure from large corporate sponsors and a roster of highly talented drivers had [...]

Clint Bowyer RK Motors Toyota- Pocono Preview

After a fourth-place finish at Dover last week, the No. 15 RK Motors Toyota team travels to a track known for its somewhat tricky characteristics– Pocono Raceway. The 2.5-mile track located in the Pocono Mountains is unique in many ways to other tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. With some of the longest straightaways and a wide pit road, the track is proud of its triangular shape, leading to its popular moniker, the Tricky Triangle. Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer has never won at the track but has seven top-10 finishes in 16 races and has never finished outside the top 15 since joining the organization in 2012. The No. 15 Toyota team tested at the track last week trying to find the right formula to conquer the tricky configuration. After Sunday’s 400-mile event, Bowyer and his team hope they found the formula that leads to victory lane. How unique are the three corners at Pocono? “Since the repave it’s a lot less drastic than it used to be.  When that track was worn out, you had three distinctly different corners and now it’s a little more the same, but still shifting gears — pretty unique race [...]

RK Motors Releases Teaser Video On 800hp RK527 Shelby Tribute

With the Power Tour about a week away, we thought it would be a good idea to release a  brand new teaser video showcasing our Shelby Tribute build that we have appropriately named RK527. RK527 was built to pay tribute to the 50th birthday of the Ford Mustang by creating an incredible 1967 Shelby GT500 tribute that was unveiled at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Not only was the Shelby built to pay homage to the Ford Mustang, but also built to take on the grueling 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour. We are currently editing another video that will showcase every detail about RK527. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and check back on 6/6 for a complete up close and personal look at RK527 before it leaves for the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour. Read more details about the entire build here:

In Town For The Race And Looking For Things To Do?

Charlotte is truly a Mecca of motorsports and car culture. As gearheads, it’s what brought most of us here and what keeps many of us happy. With that in mind, Charlotte Motor Speedway is currently in the midst of epic Memorial Day race festivities which include activity at The Dirt Track and Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. And while there’s nothing quite like seeing big teams lap “The Greatest Place to See the Race”, the Charlotte Metro scene has much more to offer. So, here are a few suggestions for things to do during your favorite race fan’s downtime — that is, if they scheduled any. Image courtesy of RK Motors Charlotte Naturally, our first suggestion is a visit to RK Motors Charlotte’s 60,000-square foot showroom. With over 250 classic and specialty cars in inventory, and an extensive private collection that rotates vintage European racers, an assortment of American racers and a custom-built TRD Camry, there’s plenty to see. Image courtesy of RK Motors Charlotte Speaking of American racers, RK Motors’ Junior Johnson Impala definitely saw its fair share of Carolina red clay. And, even though Charlotte’s well-known Metrolina Speedway has retired into a field, we still enjoy lots of dirt action. [...]

RK Motors Charlotte’s Legendary Junior Johnson Impala Visits Pinehurst

With beautiful blue skies and 80 degree weather, last weekend was the perfect setting for a car show. RK Motors Charlotte hauled their legendary Junior Johnson Impala to Pinehurst, North Carolina for the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance. Awarded Best In Class at the 2013 Concours d’Elegance of America, the storied Impala has a long history of winning. During its tenure as an active NASCAR race car, it claimed nine poles, netted seven victories and, thanks to a Chevrolet-supplied Mk II “Mystery Motor”, set a Daytona speed record. The one-of-a-kind Chevy currently resides at the RK Motors Charlotte showroom as part of the company’s extensive private collection. Later this year, it’ll head to England for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. All images courtesy of Troy Carroll

Vaughn Gittin Jr. At The Mustang 50th Celebration

What’s cooler than professional drifting? Professional drifting in the rain! Those that braved the weather on Saturday at the Mustang 50th event were treated to just this when Vaugn Gittin Jr. took his highly tuned Mustang out on the track. Check out the videos below! Feature image courtesy of Abigail Baker


Welcome once again to our weekly feature of Collector Cars You Should Know. This week we have chosen one of the rarest muscle cars to ever leave the Ford Motor Company – The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra. To understand how the King Cobra came into existence we first have to take a look back into NASCAR history. The 1969 NASCAR grand national season is often referred to as the beginning of the Aero wars era. With GM on hiatus from racing, the competition between Ford and Chrysler grew to unprecedented levels. With the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” mentality, both camps turned to wild never before seen designs to create speed and aerodynamics. While Dodge fired the first shot with its Charger 500, Holman & Moody responded on Ford’s behalf with the Torino Talladega – a car that would go on to claim the 1969 Daytona 500 with a dramatic last lap pass. By the next time the series visited Atlanta Motor Speedway, Mercury had rolled out its own version of the Talladega which they called the Cyclone Spoiler II. The new Ford designs certainly intensified the rivalry but it was the introduction of the Boss 429 that really [...]

2014 Camaro Z/28 vs. ‘Big Red’ vs. Boss 302 Laguna Seca

As a hardcore car enthusiast, I enjoy automotive publications that employ contributors who actually have a background in building cars. That’s why I found Hot Rod’s article on the absolutely evil F5 Z/28 so informative and entertaining. I mean, we’re talking about a platform that’s EASILY the hottest muscle car since Ford’s fabled Cobra R. So, this kind of brute force is probably WAY too raw for your average Starbucks-sipping, Camry driving, interior plastics-groping ‘Autos’ jockey. “From the second you get in the car, it feels perfect, at least to those of us trained on more stripped-down transportation.” — Hot Rod In case you’ve missed GM’s rather informal PR, here’s a little background on all that ‘brute force’. For those of us who adamantly follow the industry, it’s no secret that the current Camaro ZL1 was supposed to be the Camaro Z/28. But, thanks to a snap decision by GM gearhead Mark Reuss, Chevy literally made a last minute name change. How literal you ask? Put it this way: GM employees were peeling “Z/28” emblems off the ZL1 show car mere hours before it was scheduled to debut. We all know the exceptional, LSA-powered ZL1 is nothing to scoff at, [...]

COLLECTOR CARS YOU SHOULD KNOW: 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

Welcome to our newest weekly feature of Collector Cars you should know. Every week we will choose a rare collectable car that you may or may not know much about and explain its importance in the collector car hobby. To kick off our new weekly feature we decided to go with a very rare muscle car that was specifically designed with the quarter-mile in mind: The 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt. History: In 1963 a Road Island dealership by the name of Tesca Ford grabbed the attention of Ford’s special vehicle department when they started racing a ’62 Fairlane that was stuffed with a 406ci V8. The two entities formed a partnership and built a test mule in 1963. The prototype was outfitted with a 427ci V8 and produced 425hp. It attended races, and surprisingly was eventually crushed instead of being sold. The combination of the 427 and the Fairlane gave Ford a real viable threat to run against the Max Wedge Mopars and the soon to be released HEMI. So with the help of the Dearborn Steel Tubing Company, Ford created a vehicle for the sole purpose of defeating everything on the strip. The appropriately named Thunderbolts were capable of [...]

Petty Museum Returns To Rightful Home In Level Cross

For fifteen years the Petty Museum sat in the city where the Petty family made a name for themselves in Level Cross, North Carolina. In 2003 the Museum, do to size restrictions and building demands of a growing Cup operation, was forced to move to the neighboring city of Randleman (the city where Richard Petty went to high school). Yesterday a celebration was held for the return of the museum to it’s rightful place in Level Cross. With the “King” himself in attendance the city and state marked many local buildings as historical local landmarks. These landmarks included: The “A-Frame Building,” the first home of Petty Engineering. The Lee Petty House, birthplace of both “The King” and his NASCAR Hall of Fame brother Maurice. “It’s just good to have it back home and open for everyone to come see us,” Petty told our friends at National Speed Sport News. “We’re really showing a lot of history here on the grounds where my daddy built the race team. It’s something we hope the fans come see, enjoy and tell their friends about. We tried to pack as much racing memorabilia as possible, but also have stuff from our movies and other [...]

Bowyer to Pilot RK Motors Charlotte Camry at Atlanta

There are just two regular season races left on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar and you know what that means – the Chase is approaching. Points reset after Richmond, leaving the top 10 drivers and two wild cards to duke it out for a shot at the championship. Clint Bowyer secured his second consecutive Chase berth last  weekend at Bristol, making it all the more significant for RK Motors Charlotte to once again serve as primary sponsor for the No. 15 Toyota Camry next weekend during the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Despite a secured spot in the Chase, Bowyer has his own motivations for pushing through the final two regular season events. Bowyer stated, “Heck yes I want to catch Jimmie Johnson before we head into the Chase. I know it doesn’t count for anything extra, but any time you can beat Jimmie Johnson in this series – that means something. It’s a confidence booster and a pride thing … he’s shown that he is one of the best this sport has ever seen and I want to beat him every single chance I get” The green flag drops at 7:30pm EST on Sunday September 1st. Tune [...]

MWR #15 RK Motors Charlotte – Clint Bowyer Race Report

Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 20th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 17th but struggled from the start reporting a loose-handling race car that saw him drop to 25th. Bowyer fell off the lead lap on lap 48 as the race proceeded caution-free. The first of only three cautions fell on lap 60 leaving all but 14 cars down a lap. Bowyer, who lost a lap on lap 48, kept racing hard before returning to the lead lap on lap 114. The No.15 team led lap 147 before making its final pit stop and crossing the finish line 20th. Bowyer remains second in the standings 75 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. The No.15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota will be back in action Sunday at Pocono Raceway. •         Started 17th finished 20th •         Fought an ill-handling car for most of the race. •         Went down a lap to the leaders on lap 48. •         Regained the lead lap on lap 114 •         Led lap 147 •         Remains second in the standings 75 points out of first. BOWYER: “The No. 15 RK Motors [...]

RK Motors Sponsors Bowyer at Indy

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the 19th running of the Brickyard 400. If you’re tuning into the race, make sure to keep an eye on the RK Motors Charlotte No. 15 Toyota Camry piloted by Clint Bowyer. The No. 15 team is currently second in points with seven races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set. Bowyer is one of three drivers in the top-10 still chasing his first victory of the 2013 season, so expect a focused performance. Regarding the upcoming weekend, Bowyer stated: “With the group I’m with, led by Brian Pattie, I really believe that we can win anywhere and winning at the Brickyard would be huge. We’ve definitely proven that we can run up front and the consistency has been there, but I definitely see a win for the 15 team right around the corner.” NASCAR Sprint Cup action kicks off at 1pm with ESPN handling live coverage.

Junior Johnson #3 Impala at the Concours d’Elegance of America

When it comes to American motorsports, few forms are more celebrated than stock car racing. From back-road bootlegging to internationally-known super speedways, the sport has grown in ways never imagined by its founders. This weekend, the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s will take a look back at that history through a Vintage NASCAR class. Cars ranging from a 1953 Hudson Hornet to 1972 Dodge Charger will join together to tell NASCAR’s tale with some help from Junior Johnson’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala. The car claimed seven victories and set a speed record at Daytona thanks to the Chevrolet-supplied 427ci Mk II “Mystery Motor”. Designed by Richard L. Keinath, the Mk II was the missing link between Chevy’s Mk I 348/409 engine and the Mk IV 396 V-8 introduced in 1965. As delivered to Johnson, the engine was believed to produce over 600hp. The historic Impala is currently owned by Rob Kauffman and, when not being shown across the country, resides at the RK Motors Charlotte showroom. Aside from the vintage NASCAR class, the concours will include a full range of classes highlighting everything from Detroit iron to post-war European cars. The event will take place on Sunday, July 28th [...]

MWR #55 RK Motors Charlotte – Brian Vickers – Race Report

Brian Vickers Race Summary: No.55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished 13th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. Vickers started at the rear of the field because he was at Road America for Saturday’s Nationwide race where he finished sixth. He flew from Wisconsin to California after the race. Jason Bowles practiced and qualified the No. 55 car on Friday and Saturday. Bowles set the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota up well because Vickers drove from the back of the field to second place where he raced from laps 42 to 63. He restarted 11th after a stop for fuel and tires during a caution. He began conserving fuel and reported the car was losing front grip in the turns. He pitted on lap 81 for tires and fuel and dropped to 27th. Those new tires and some great driving saw Vickers charge back through the field and cross the finish line 13th. Vickers has finished in the top 13 in all three of his starts in the No. 55 in 2013. He’s posted top-15 finishes in 11 of his 13 starts in the No. 55 in 2012 and 2013. No. 55 returns to action Saturday night [...]

The #55 RK Motors NASCAR Returns to Sonoma

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Sonoma this weekend for the Toyota – Save Mart 350. It was one of our favorite races of 2012 and one we’re proud to revisit it as the primary sponsor for the No. 55 Toyota Camry piloted by Brian Vickers. Vickers will pull a double shift this weekend, spending Friday and Saturday night driving his Nationwide Series car for Joe Gibbs Racing at Road American in Wisconsin before flying into California Saturday night. K&N Pro Series West Champion, Jason Bowles will take care of qualifying duties in Vickers’ absence. “Going from one track to the other is going to be a challenge for sure, and not being able to practice at all in Sonoma. We’ve got a good base setup from last year though. We’ve done some testing and I think we will be good. Road racing the day prior will help,” stated Vickers. The green flags drops at 2pm EST. Tune into TNT to catch the action!

Clint Bowyer – #15 RK Motors Charlotte NASCAR – Pocono Race Report

  No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 15th and is third in points. No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished 19th and the No. 55 is 17th in owner points. No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 23rd and is 15th in points. Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 15th in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Bowyer started third and ran at the front in the race’s opening stages. However, he reported a loose handling condition that dropped the Michael Waltrip Racing entry back in the field. The race ran caution free for the first 65 laps and the second caution didn’t come until lap 126 of the 160-lap race. The team worked to correct the handling throughout the race. Bowyer remains third in the standings as the team returns to action this weekend with the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota at Michigan Speedway. Started  third and finished 15th Raced at front of the field. Complained of “loose” car for most of race. Only two cautions in the first 126 laps of the 160-lap race. BOWYER: “We struggled with the [...]

NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer to Tackle Pocono in the RK Motors Charlotte #15 Camry

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to Pocono Raceway for the Party in the Poconos 400. RK Motors Charlotte is proud to make its first appearance at the Trick Triangle during its second primary sponsorship of the No. 15 Toyota Camry piloted by Clint Bowyer. Our last No. 15 sponsorship prompted some heart-pumping action and a second place finished for Bowyer. We can’t wait to see what happens this Sunday! The track earned its nickname by proving to be one of the more difficult tracks on the circuit to set up for. According to the Brian Pattie, Bowyer’s crew chief, “The speeds are way up since the repave. The track is way smoother so that changes the setup a lot from previous years. Hopefully the winter up there has done the track some good and given it some character so we can get a little more grip.” As always, we’re proud to join forces with our friends at Michael Waltrip Racing and wish all their teams a weekend of safe and successful racing. The green flag is set to drop at 1pm EST. Tune into TNT to catch all the action!

#15 RK Motors Charlotte/Clint Bowyer Martinsville Speedway Race Report

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MWR – Clint Bowyer #15 RK Motors Charlotte Qualifying Report

The #15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota Camry NASCAR will start 15th at the Virginia 500 Sprint Cup NASCAR race in Martinsville, VA. CLINT BOWYER: “It didn’t work out as well as I would have liked. The RK Motors Charlotte was just too loose all the way around. I knew when I was loose in practice that I’d probably be loose in qualifying, but I don’t think I realized just how much it would change. We’ll be fine. We’ll get it figured out and be ready for Sunday.” Brian Vickers, No. 55 Jet Edge Toyota – will start third Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – will start 12th. Clint Bowyer, No. 15 RK Motors Toyota — will start 15th. NOTES: Jimmie Johnson won the pole with a time of 19.22 seconds/98.400 mph. Marcos Ambrose, Vickers, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon round out the top-five. Johnson’s qualifying time set a new Martinsville Speedway track qualifying record. Two Sprint Cup Series practices are schedule for tomorrow. The race starts at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Clint Bowyer to Pilot the #15 RK Motors Charlotte NASCAR in Martinsville

RK Motors Charlotte is gearing up for another weekend of NASCAR Sprint Cup action as the series heads to Martinsville, VA for the STP Gas Booster 500. Look for our logo to make its first appearance on the #15 Toyota Camry driven by 2012 championship contender Clint Bowyer. As always, we’re honored to partner with the team at Michael Waltrip Racing and look forward to a great weekend of competition at the historic oval. While it may be our first partnership with the #15 Toyota Camry, Clint Bowyer is no stranger to RK Motors Charlotte showroom. Some of you may remember the “Tekked Out” Toyota Prius we helped him build for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge last year. We also assisted with marketing for Bowyer’s custom 2011 Toyota Tundra which raised over $100,000 for his charity, the 79 Fund. “RK Motors Charlotte is a labor of love for Rob Kauffman and everyone involved and it shows down to the very last detail in the work they do”, said Bowyer. “Their attention to detail, craftsmanship and ability to market custom and classic cars is second to none. They’ve figured it out and found a winning formula. I’d love to get a [...]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post Race Report – Bristol Motor Speedway – #55 RK Motors Charlotte/Brian Vickers

Clint Bowyer, No. 15 NAPA Filters Toyota – finished fifth , is fourth in driver points Brian Vickers, No. 55 RK Motors Toyota – finished eighth, No. 55 is fourth in owners points Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – finished 12th, is 18th in driver points Brian Vickers Summary: No. 55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished eighth in Sunday’s 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fourth, but struggled to find a good balance in traffic. Vickers went a lap down on lap 229 and again on lap 310, but raced his way to the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass returning to the lead lap in both instances. Vickers restarted 20th on lap 352 and raced his way to eighth in the final laps. The No. 55 returns to action next weekend at Auto Club Speedway with Mark Martin behind the wheel of the Aaron’s Dream Machine. Vickers returns at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. Started fourth and finished eighth Struggled with handling in traffic and fell a lap down on lap 229 Raced to the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass on lap 254 and lap [...]

RK Motors Charlotte & Brian Vickers Take On Bristol NASCAR Race

RK Motors Charlotte is proud to announce its return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend during the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Michael Waltrip Racing to sponsor the #55 Toyota Camry which will be piloted by Brian Vickers. After successful outings at Martinsville and Sonoma during the 2012 season, we’re looking forward to another strong showing this weekend. While Bristol marks RK Motors Charlotte’s first NASCAR sponsorship of 2013, it will be the second time we’ve joined forces with the MWR crew this year. The AF Waltrip Ferrari 458, a joint venture between Michael Waltrip Racing and AF Corse, sported an RK Motors Charlotte logo across the hood during its charge to an eighth place finish in the GT class. Vickers competed in eight races during the 2012 Sprint Cup season, earning three top-fives and five top-10s. Bristol marks one of nine races he will join Michael Waltrip Racing for during the 2013. FOX will begin Food City 500 coverage at 12:30 pm EST with the green flag dropping at 1pm EST.

Memorable Second Rolex 24 for AF Waltrip Racing

- Drivers Rob Kauffman, Michael Waltrip, Rui Aguas and Clint Bowyer Mark Second Rolex 24 Experience - Over 75,000 Fans Attend America’s Premiere Sports Car Race - AF Waltrip Ferrari finishes eighth in the GT Class and 16th overall; completes 677 laps DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The RK Motors No. 56 AF Waltrip Ferrari team finished eighth in the GT class and 16th overall in Sunday’s 51st annual Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The four-driver lineup of Rob Kauffman, Michael Waltrip, Rui Aguas and Clint Bowyer completed 677 laps during the 24-hour race finishing just one lap behind the GT winner. The No. 56 team never fell out of contention in the highly competitive GT class battling with Porsche, Audi, Mazda and BMW throughout the race. “I’m very happy with our performance,” said Kauffman. “We made it through the full 24 hours with encountering any major problems, clean pit stops, and were competitive. That’s a credit to car preparation, the crew and maybe a little credit to us drivers! Last year we just wanted to run the full 24 hours which we did. This year were targeting a top 10, and maybe battle for a podium. We were only [...]