BDI Racing owner Bob Dillner announced today that 20-year-old Becca Kasten will drive for the team in 2011 in a rigorous schedule that includes events in the Blizzard Series, CRA Super Series, JEGS All-Star Tour, the Pro All Stars Series and UARA. Kasten will also drive for the Toby Nuttleman (crew chief) led team in several ASA Midwest Tour races and the Slinger Nationals.
“This is all about Becca (Kasten). I think she has the will and determination, as well as the talent to succeed in this sport,” said Bob Dillner, who is also a NASCAR TV broadcaster for SPEED. “We are pumped to compete in several Pro and Super Late Model races around the country, as well as run some UARA Late Model Stock Car races. That plus Becca’s schedule with Toby (Nuttleman) and the guys up north will make her one of the most diverse racecar drivers in short track racing this year.”
After an impressive Florida Speedweeks, which included a win and three, second-place finishes in Super Late Model competition at New Smyrna Speedway with a Toby Nuttleman prepared car, Kasten will compete under the BDI banner in the UARA season opener at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 12th. The Wisconsin native will return to Super Late Model racing when she competes in the BDI #51 in “The Race” at North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC) on Saturday April 9th and in the “Easter Bunny 150” at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 23rd.
“I’ve gotten a huge boost of confidence after how I did at the end of last year and the way the season started off this year,” stated Kasten. “I’m hoping this string of success continues and builds throughout the future. I have an amazing opportunity this year with the caliber of equipment I will race and the people like Toby, Alex Query (crew chief, BDI #51 Pro & Super LMs) and Roger Johnson (crew chief, UARA) that will be helping me.”
Kasten spent a good portion of the latter part of last year working with Dillner’s Speed51.com, but it wasn’t until December at the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway that they officially met. Shortly afterwards, Kasten and Dillner began talking about working together in 2011.
“It’s hard to find people you can trust in this sport and I was amazed at how genuine and generous he was with what he had to offer me,” said Becca Kasten. “When we first started talking about working together, I was worried it was too good to be true. After a few meetings it finally hit me that this was real and it has the potential to be a really great thing. He flat out told me, ‘I have no desire to run a rental program and make money; I simply want to play the role as a team owner and feel like I’m helping and I’m involved.’ It’s a cool feeling when someone who has been in the racing world forever, and has seen everything, takes a huge interest in advancing your career. There are plenty of people he could have selected, but he chose to help me.”
Becca Kasten spent the 2010 season as part of the NASCAR Diversity program with Revolution Racing, but decided to explore other avenues in 2011.
The entire Becca Kasten racing schedule will be released shortly. The list of partners for Kasten and BDI Racing this year already includes FLUIDYNE High Performance Cooling Systems, Racing Electronics and Pink Carburetors.
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