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Kevin Ray to run business ops at Turner Scott Motorsports

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Lee Spencer

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Kevin Ray is the new director of business operations for Turner Scott Motorsports.

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For the past seven years, Ray was team manager for Red Horse Racing in the NASCAR Truck Series. He oversaw the three-truck operation that last year included Timothy Peters, John Wes Townley and German Quiroga.

Peters won two races, and the teams finished 10th, 11th and 13th, respectively, in the truck points standings.

“As someone growing up in the sport, it’s always been my dream to be a (Sprint) Cup GM,” Ray said. “It was bittersweet leaving Red Horse after almost eight years. Tom DeLoach (RHR team owner) and the others at Red Horse are like family to me. So it was a difficult decision.

“But this is was the next step in my progression, and if there was a time to do this, it was now. Tom knows I want to be on the Cup side one day, and this takes me one step closer to my goal.”

Ray’s responsibilities will more than double at Turner Scott Motorsports. The organization fields two full-time Nationwide Series teams, two truck teams and entries in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

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As a second-generation racer, Ray said he is looking forward to the challenge that includes overseeing the development of Kyle Larson, Jeb Burton, Dylan Kwasniewski and Ben Kennedy.

The 36-year-old native of Eastaboga, Ala., made 20 starts in ARCA over eight seasons. His career-best finish of fourth came at his home track, Talladega Superspeedway, in 2005. That same season, Ray made his only Nationwide Series start. He qualified 35th at what is now O'Reily Raceway Park and finished 21st.

“When I stopped racing at the end of 2004, I wanted to stay in racing,” Ray said. “And that’s why I went into the business side of it. I try to teach those coming in behind me never to burn a bridge, because you will likely work with these same people the rest of your career.

“I feel very fortunate to work in racing. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of it. We get to play with race cars. How bad can it be?”

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