Since the checkered flag has fallen on the 2016 season, the landscape at BK Racing has changed. Matt DiBenedetto and David Ragan have announced that they will not be returning to the organization for the 2017 season both under different circumstances.
DiBenedetto announced via Twitter that he made the personal decision to not return in 2017. He also made note that there are other options available on the table for next season.
I've decided to go in a different direction next year. Exciting announcements coming soon. It's been a great ride @BKRacing_2383 Thank you!— Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) December 8, 2016
Shortly after the announcement, DiBenedetto went on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Dialed In” with host Claire B. Lang to talk about the announcement. "I can only say so much at this time. I’ve been in talks with BK, and no hard feelings. I'm appreciative of everything they've given me. … Just kind of evaluating the team situation for next year. From my end there's a little too much unknown, so I just had to make that decision. I'm excited about what the future has to hold here still, and obviously everyone will have to stay tuned."
He scored his best finish of sixth place at Bristol Motor Speedway in early 2016.
For Ragan, the offer to extend his contract was not offered for 2017. The option was there for BK Racing to offer a contract, but the decision was made to take it off the table. Ragan has yet to make comment about his 2017 plans.
Ragan scored his best finish of 16th at Daytona International Speedway in July.
BK Racing released statements for both DiBenedetto and Regan via Twitter.
According to KickinTheTires.net, BK Racing was having issues with their lease. On Wednesday, BAM Property Holdings placed a sign and lock on the doors. However, the building was returned to BK Racing on Thursday as negotiations on new terms on the lease are being discussed. The original story can be found here.