West Palm Beach native Koch loses NASCAR ride

NASCAR driver Blake Koch meets with kids at BAK Middle School.

West Palm Beach's own NASCAR driver, now doesn't have a car to drive.

Blake Koch has been replaced as the driver of the #11 Xfinity Chevrolet.

Kaulig racing announced Tuesday that it has replaced Koch with Ryan Truex - the younger brother of Monster Cup Champion Martin Truex Jr. Koch had been driving the number 11 car for Kaulig Racing for the last two years, and last season made the Xfinity Chase, and finished 11th. The Royal Palm Beach native was back home last month, meeting kids at his middle school, BAK Middle in West Palm Beach.

This move was a business decision, Kaulig's company, LeaFilter Gutter Protection had been the car's sponsor, but Truex is bringing a new sponsor with him.

Koch told the Sirius XM show "Morning Drive" Tuesday that he wasn't shocked. He added: "I don't want people mad at Matt Kaulig, thinking he kicked me out. This is a mutual thing. He was putting a lot of his own money into having me drive a race car. You just can't do that forever."

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