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Plenty Needs to Fall into Place with Seven Weeks Left Until the Daytona 500

January 5th, 2014 at 1:30 PM
By Mark Eddinger

There are 49 days until the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season gets underway with the running of the Daytona 500 and while all the major offseason moves are complete a lot still needs to be determined for some teams with the season looming.

One team that has yet to announce their driver lineup for 2014 is BK Racing.

'David Reutimann' photo (c) 2013, Robert Mathers - license:

The team did not have a good second season in 2013 with Travis Kvapil in the No. 93 finishing 34th in owner points and the No. 83 of David Reutimann finishing 36th in owner points. The team has not confirmed who their drivers will be in 2014 but Alex Bowman, who has yet to have any plans for 2014 announced, tested one of the cars at Charlotte in December as well as Kvapil. Reutimann had a scheduling conflict during the test so at this point it is still anyones guess as to who will pilot these two entires.

The Phoenix Racing No. 51 team now owned by Harry Scott Jr also has not officially announced their driver for 2014. Everyone under the sun assumes that Justin Allagier will be the driver and Brandt the primary sponsor. Steve Addington was announced as the teams crew chief and during his press conference had mentioned Allgaier's name. It seems odd that an official announcement of Allgaier has not been made yet. James Finch the former owner of Phoenix Racing will run a car in the Daytona 500 with Bobby Labonte as the driver and he said that there is a chance Labonte could drive some additional races for Finch in 2014.

FAS Lane Racing and Go Green Racing have entered into a partnership and will run Terry Labonte in the Daytona 500. The team did not announce their driver lineup beyond that but in 2013 ran Labonte, Ken Schrader, Timmy Hill and Boris Said. It will be interesting if the team sticks with Hill or goes in a different direction. Jeffrey Earnhardt had tested for Go Green Racing in December.

Circle Sport Racing announced that Landon Cassill will be back with the team in 2014 but beyond that not much is known. Last season Richard Childress Racing would use the No. 33 car in select races which forced Cassill to a No. 40 second entry that the team started later in the season with Tony Raines also driving in the other races that Cassill was not in the car. No word on if the No. 40 will return and official plans for the No. 33.

Tommy Baldwin Racing signed Michael Annett to drive the No. 7 entry and Dave Blaney will not be back with the team. No announcement has made regarding the team's second car, the No. 36, which was driven the majority of the 2013 season by JJ Yeley. Will TBR stay as a two car team and if so will Yeley remain as the second driver? Yeley did test for the team in December.

'JJ Yeley' photo (c) 2013, Robert Mathers - license:

Swan Racing has expanded to two cars for 2014 and have announced the two drivers will be Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt. What is not known yet is what car numbers the drivers will be in. The No. 30 entry is the team's flagship number but a second one has not been been chosen yet.

Front Row Motorsports will run David Ragan and David Gilliland full time once again but it is unknown if they will continue their third entry that Josh Wise drove most of the 2013 season. Wise has moved to Phil Parsons Racing for the full 2014 season.

It looks like Brian Keselowski Motorsports will run a limited schedule with either the No. 92 or 29 as the car number but nothing else has been officially announced by Brian Kelselowski.

Penske Racing could run Ryan Blaney in a third car for some races but nothing official has been announced on that front for 2014 either.

There certainly is a lot still unknown for the 2014 season but with Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona occurring on Thursday, January 9th and Friday, January 10th some answers may start to come and the 2014 Sprint Cup Series field will finish taking shape.

Tags: Alex Bowman, Circle Sport Racing, David Reutimann, jeffrey earnhardt, JJ Yeley, landon cassill, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, phoenix racing, Steve Addington, Terry Labonte, Timmy Hill, Tommy Baldwin Racing, Travis Kvapil

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