Becca Kasten and the BDI Racing team announced today they will compete for the CRA Super Series championship in 2012 with their number-51 Super Late Models. The team, which will be housed in West Salem, WI, is owned by NASCAR on SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner and led by crew chief Toby Nuttleman.
“I’m really excited about running for the CRA Championship,” said Kasten, who is currently a college student in North Carolina. “It took some hard thought to decide what Super Late Model touring series was the best fit for us to run. After running some races with CRA this past year, I was really impressed with the racing I saw. CRA directs races and enforces a set of rules that keeps the destruction of race cars to a minimum. They do everything within their power to try and make it easy for teams to compete every week. They also do a great job at securing races at some of the most premier short tracks in the country.”
The CRA Super Series schedule has not been announced as of yet, but will feature races at premier racetracks such as Lucas Oil Raceway Park near Indianapolis, IN, Toledo Speedway in Ohio, Berlin Raceway near Grand Rapids, MI, and the famed Winchester Speedway in Indiana.
Kasten competed in two CRA Super Series events in 2011 with a best finish of third at Angola Motor Speedway in Indiana. She also raced at Dixie Motor Speedway in Michigan where she led 123 of the 125 laps and had the lead on the final lap before the number-51 machine ran out of fuel in the caution-filled event.
“My goal for next year is to win the CRA Championship and I believe it’s completely within my reach,” stated Kasten. “Nearly everywhere we ran this year we had a shot to win. There is a lot of good competition there, but there’s no reason next year can’t be the same.”
Kasten will be competing with two identically-prepared Lefthander Chassis machines prepared by veteran crew chief Toby Nuttleman and owned by Bob Dillner.
“While running for a CRA championship will be a new thing for me, the people I'm with are the same ones I have been with for years. A lot of drivers say they are fortunate to be working with "so and so" and they like their crew guys, but I feel most of those guys don’t mean it like I do. I love the guys I work with and I'm so lucky to have these people in my life, regardless of racing,” explained Kasten. “Toby Nuttleman (crew chief) and Bob Dillner (owner) are extremely loyal and undeservingly helpful in their efforts to help my racing. Toby is the life-blood of everything I’ve ever accomplished on the track. Bob is one of the busiest people in racing, but he still makes time to manage things and promote the team. Both those guys give us what I need to be a winning racer and championship contender.”
The BDI Racing program with Becca Kasten is searching for a primary marketing partner for the 2012 season. One-race primary sponsor packages are also available. Please contact the team through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BDI Racing has already signed on several associate marketing partners for 2012 including Lefthander Chassis, Racing Electronics and Acro-Tech Performance Products.
A new beccakasten.com and bdiracing.net are currently being redesigned and will be launched this winter.