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XxxTreme Motorsports Benefits from Swan Racing’s Departure, but is It Fair?

April 24th, 2014 at 12:36 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

There is an old saying "one man's misfortune is another man's gain." The same can be said about the Swan Racing deal in NASCAR that was officially announced on Wednesday. Swan Racing's misfortune is XxxTreme Motorsports' gain. However is it fair that a team that has only attempted two races in the 2014 season is higher in owner points than teams that have attempted all eight or six of the races because of a technicality? 

John Cohen, owner of XxxTreme Motorsports, which has fielded the #44 Chevrolet with driver J.J. Yeley for two races in the 2014 season has bought interest in Swan Racing and has acquired the points from the #30 Toyota at Swan Racing, a car that has run all the races this season with driver Parker Kligerman. That may not seem like a big deal however, Swan Racing was a two car operation, the other car which was acquired by BK Racing and will run as the #26 Toyota in a third entry for the team at Richmond with driver Cole Whitt.

'JJ Yeley getting out of his race car' photo (c) 2010, Mike Kalasnik - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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Swan Racing Sells to BK Racing and XxxTreme Motorsports; What That Means for Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The move to a two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series operation did not succeed for Swan Racing, in fact, it only last the first eight races of the 2014 season. On Wednesday the team announced that the No. 26 team driven by Cole Whitt has been shifted over to BK Racing under the ownership of Anthony Marlowe and that the No. 30 team driven by Parker Kligerman has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports.

'6.23.12 Road America - NASCAR driver 88 Cole Whitt' photo (c) 2012, Royal Broil - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Cole Whitt, who is 33rd in the driver standings, will now officially race under the BK Racing banner in the No. 26 Toyota. BK Racing is now a three-car operation. Whitt joins fellow rookies Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex. Bowman in 35th in points driving the No. 23 and Truex is 39th in points driving the No. 83.

XxxTreme Motorsports has attempted to make two races this season with the No. 44 car but was unsuccessful with driver JJ Yeley. Now Yeley and XxxTreme Motorsports will run the No. 30 car taking over that equipment and owner points. Also crew chief Stephen Lane will move over to XxxTreme Motorsports along with other crew members from Swan Racing.

Parker Kligerman meanwhile remains under contract with Swan Racing where they will try to find opportunities for him moving forward. He does not have anything lined up for this weekend at Richmond International Raceway at this time.

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Nelson Piquet Jr Will Drive the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

April 22nd, 2014 at 7:58 PM
By Mark Eddinger

After not finding a ride in NASCAR Nelson Piquet Jr will compete in the Red Bull Rallycross season for the newly-formed SH Racing Rallycross team. He will drive the No. 07 Ford Fiesta ST, a factory Ford car constructed by OMSE.

'6.22.13 Road America / NASCAR Johnsonville Sausage 200 - Nelson Piquet Jr' photo (c) 2013, Royal Broil - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season is a total of 10 races long. BSN N.O.-XPLODE will be on the car for six of the ten races including the 2014 X Games in Austin, Texas.

The 28-year-old from Brasilia, Brazil has competed the last four seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but has not had a ride so far in 2014.

The 2012 season was a standout year for Piquet who won two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. He captured the victories at Michigan International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway driving the No. 30 truck for Turner Scott Motorsports. He also finished the 2012 Truck Series season seventh in the points.

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Nationwide News and Notes: Daniel Suarez to Make NNS Debut for JGR, Austin Theriault to Drive for JR Motorsports

April 22nd, 2014 at 7:51 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

The NASCAR Nationwide Series had a busy day concerning youngsters picking up rides on Tuesday as it was announced that two young drivers will make their NASCAR Nationwide Series debuts. 

Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that 22-year-old youngster Daniel Suarez will drive the team's #20 Toyota in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night. Suarez is a member of NASCAR's Drive 4 Diversity Program and is an alumnus of the NASCAR Next Program. Suarez is currently running a full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico.

Suarez has won four of the seven races this season he has raced in both of those series. He is currently second in points in the K&N Pro Series East driving for Revolution Racing and is the current points leader in the NASCAR Toyota Series. He will pull double duty at Richmond running both the K&N Pro Series East race and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

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Time for Ricky Stenhouse Jr to Step up and Perform

April 21st, 2014 at 10:39 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is a two time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and proved he belonged in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Stenhouse won eight NASCAR Nationwide Series races in his career including six in the 2012 season which showed he was more than ready to come to the Cup Series. Stenhouse was hired by Jack Roush to replace Matt Kenseth in the #17 Ford after Kenseth left for Joe Gibbs Racing. It seemed that everything was in line for Stenhouse to have a nice rookie season. 

However, Stenhouse's 2013 season was mediocre at best. He finished 19th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings and only had three top ten finishes. While not a whole lot was expected of Stenhouse's season, since he was in his rookie campaign in the Sprint Cup Series, it was still a year that cost his crew chief his job.

'Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Kurt Busch, 2013 STP Gas Booster 500' photo (c) 2013, chayes_2014 - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 

Stenhouse's 2013 crew chief Scott Graves was replaced following the season allowing Stenhouse's former Nationwide Series crew chief Mike Kelley to come up to the Sprint Cup Series as the duo tried to rekindle the magic the two had when they won back to back NASCAR Nationwide Series championships in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Graves moved to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and with the move expectations for the #17 Ford immediately heightened and many thought that a good season was in store for Stenhouse. It has not happened that way. 

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