McAnally Racing Expands to K&N East
By: MRN Staff on January 9, 2014 | 3:00 P.M. EST
Bill McAnally Racing, which has won five NASCAR K&N Pro Series West titles, is expanding to the K&N East Series with a two-car effort in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Five-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Bill McAnally Racing is expanding into the K&N Pro Series East with a multi-car effort in 2014.
The new program will feature rookie driver Nick Drake running a full schedule in the No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota with second-year driver Cole Custer entering nine races in the No. 00 Haas Automation entry.
"This is a great opportunity to expand the program," said BMR President Bill McAnally. "We've built a top-caliber team and look for great things in 2014. Cole Custer displayed his potential by winning races as a series rookie. We look for that performance to continue. And we're confident Nick Drake will make a quick transition to NASCAR following his success in open-wheel cars."
Following a path from open-wheel racing similar to Custer’s, Drake - 18 years old - will compete for the Rookie of the Year title in the K&N Pro Series East after racing in the USAC National Sprint Car Series in 2013. He was the 2012 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year, and the USAC Ford Focus Midget national champion in 2010 and 2011.
Custer raced in the K&N Pro Series East in 2013 as a 15-year-old rookie – capturing two wins, two poles and finishing eighth in the overall championship standings. He also had one pole in two starts in K&N West. He is the son of Stewart-Haas Racing Executive Vice President Joe Custer.
"Building a competitive effort in the K&N East Series came about quicker than I expected," Joe Custer said. "Now, teaming with Bill McAnally Racing is a great opportunity to continue moving forward."
Matt Goslant, who served as crew chief for Custer in his 2013 rookie season, will head up BMR’s new K&N East program as its general manager.
"With what we’ve established in the K&N East, this is going to make a great combination," said Goslant, who will also serve as the crew chief on Custer’s car while veteran crew chief Dave McCarty will call the shots on Drake's No. 15 entry.