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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.

"I am very relieved to know that the Nos. 26 and 30 teams will be in good hands, and will continue to compete for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season," Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis said in a statement. "Most importantly, most of the team members have the opportunity to continue their employment in the sport and to support their families. This was critically important to me. Swan Racing is exploring any and all options to keep Parker Kligerman on track throughout the season. We are encouraged by the response we have received from interested parties. Parker…brought this racing team one of its strongest results in his first race with us, and we are certain of his success in the future."

Last season, in his first Sprint Cup Series start, Kligerman finished 18th at Texas Motor Speedway. This season has been a disaster for him though with an average finish of 37.2 and four DNFs in the eight races. His best finish was 29th in the Daytona 500 where his race ended in a late crash. Kligerman is currently 38th in the driver points.

Tags: Alex Bowman, Anthony Marlowe, BK Racing, Brandon Davis, Cole Whitt, JJ Yeley, John Cohen, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Parker Kligerman, Ryan Truex, Stephen Lane, Swan Racing, Xxxtreme Motorsports

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