Michigan-based KBR Development announced on Sunday that they were ceasing operations immediately. The team had fielded operations in both Late Models and the ARCA Menards Series, most notably for Carson Hocevar in recent years.
KBR Development President Mike Bursley released a statement on the KBR Development Facebook Page, announcing the decision.
“In the 20+ years that I’ve been involved in motorsports as either a team member, driver, crew chief, a manufacturer, owner, or representing an organization in the sport, I’ve been blessed to have worked side by side with a number of great people along with a lot of the past and present industry leaders,” the statement reads. “Over those years, together we have won our fair share of races all while losing our share. We’ve set records, battled through many sleepless nights rebuilding cars and traveling, been involved in different rivalries and altercations, and along the way met a number of great people/friends.
“Through all that, I’ve been blessed to have either been crowned or part of a number of different Championships but like most things eventually they come to an end. To all the past and present team members, the number of different drivers, the variety of marketing partners, customers, to my family and the people that have supported & cheered along over the years, I want to say THANK YOU, it’s been fun and was quite the ride.”
KBR returned to action before the 2016 season after a two-year hiatus, winning four JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour races and the 2017 Berlin Raceway track championship with Carson Hocevar. Before exiting the sport in 2014, Brian Campbell drove for the team at Berlin Raceway and around the Midwest.
KBR began fielding an ARCA team toward the end of the 2018 season with Hocevar behind the wheel. The team also had Raphael Lessard, Brandon McReynolds, and most recently, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series regular David Gravel compete for them on the ARCA trail.
The team had planned a run for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour title in 2020 with rookie Andrew Scheid, who was coming over from the 360 Sprint Car world. They fielded a car for Connor Mosack in the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway back in February, finishing second in Pro Late Model points at the end of the week.
KBR will be selling all assets over the next few weeks, including cars, haulers, scales, shop equipment, and more. Stay tuned to KBR social media channels for more information.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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