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#23 Team News and Rumors
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  • Swan Racing Restructures: Swan Racing announced it has successfully restructured the company by finding solutions for the #26 and #30 teams in an attempt to save the jobs of the crews, the drivers, and to keep those teams competing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a result, Anthony Marlowe has merged his ownership of the #26 team into BK Racing, effective immediately. Cole Whitt will remain behind the wheel of the #26. The #30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which will operate the team going forward and intends to compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Stephen "Bones" Lane will serve as crew chief and be joined by several other former Swan Racing crewmembers. Driver Parker Kligerman remains under contract with Swan Racing, which will seek to identify options for him to get back on track. Team owner Brandon Davis issued the following statement:
    "I want to first thank our employees, fans, and others in the NASCAR industry for their patience and understanding over the past several days while we work out the future of Swan Racing. As previously stated, the team is restructuring due to a lack of additional funding. However, over the past couple weeks we worked tirelessly to find an alternative to ending operations. Fortunately, we were able to find a home for the #26 team and the #30 team thanks to Anthony Marlowe and Jonathan Cohen respectively. "Anthony and Jonathan are both young and ambitious NASCAR enthusiasts. It is important to keep them in the sport for the long term. I am very relieved to know that the #26 and #30 teams will be in good hands and will continue to compete the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 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 continues to be one of the most talented young drivers in NASCAR. He 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.(Swan Racing PR)(4-23-2014)

  • BK Racing switching numbers? Riggs & SHR? hearing that one of the BK Racing cars (#83 & #93) will switch to using the #23 in 2013. Supposedly they asked for the car number as a sponsor request. They did not purchase the current #23 R3 Motorsports team owned by Robert Richardson Sr., but asked NASCAR for the car number and got it. No word which car number will switch, the #83 or the #93. Some rumors have David Reutimann possibly going to one of the BK Racing rides in 2013. No word if current drivers #83-Landon Cassill or #93-Travis Kvapil will return to BK Racing in 2013. Reutimann could also staying at Tommy Baldwin Racing if the team keeps tow cars running or run with the #44 Xxxtreme team that is debuting at Phoenix this weekend. end up Some rumors have BK Racing expanding to three cars in 2013, but been told it will likely be a two-car operation in 2013. Been told that R3 Motorsports is weighing its options for 2013 and if they will run the Sprint Cup Series. As for current #23 driver, Scott Riggs, hearing he has an oppurtunity at Stewart-Haas Racing as a driving coach for Danica Patrick and/or testing cars for Stewart Haas Racing (#10, #14, #39) with a chance of running a 4th SHR Chevy in some races, if a sponsor can be found.(11-9-2012)

  • R3 Motorsports to run Cup Series in 2012: After completing the full 2011 NASCAR Nationwide season, resulting in a top-30 in points, [#23 Chevy] R3 Motorsports has announced its racing plans for 2012. Robert Richardson, Jr. will return to the seat for a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. R3 Motorsports has also purchased a fleet of Sprint Cup Chevy's from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to enter all of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races for the 2012 season. Robert Richardson, Jr. will attempt to qualify for his third Daytona 500 and a few other Cup races as well. Greg Conner will be the crew chief and the team will run the #23 in both series.(R3 Motorsports)(1-3-2012)

  • Wise driving for R3 at Texas: R3 Motorsports has entered this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with Josh Wise as their driver. Wise, who has competed mostly in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ranks the past four seasons, will be making his first NSCS qualifying effort with the team. This will be the second Cup attempt by R3 Motorsports in 2010, which is fielding the #23 North Texas Pipe Toyota at TMS. Leading the team's NSCS effort will be veteran racer Walter Giles, who has been the crew chief for R3 Motorsports #23 Chevy in the Nationwide Series ranks the past few weeks.(R3 Motorsports)(11-1-2010)

  • R3 Motorsports to attempt first Sprint Cup race of year: R3 Motorsports will attempt to make their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the year this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Taking the wheel will be 336-NASCAR race veteran Johnny Sauter from Necedah, Wisconsin for the practice and qualifying sessions. The team didn't have a Primary Marketing Partner for this race, so R3 has donated the entire sponsorship area of the #23 Toyota to the cancer-screening awareness cause of Pink and Blue for Two (PB42) and their upcoming fundraiser later this month. This initiative was formed by Emerson Newton-John whose aunt, nationally renowned entertainer Olivia Newton-John, is also a member of the organization that promotes breast and prostate cancer awareness and testing. With this being their first Sprint Cup Series attempt of the year, Sauter and the Scott Eggleston -led crew will have the daunting task of qualifying on time. If Sauter can repeat what he did at in the Sprint Cup race at the 1.5-mile oval of CMS in May, there will be one happy #23 Pink and Blue for Two Toyota team in the garage area. For more information about Pink and Blue for Two and their upcoming fundraiser, log on to their website at www.PinkandBlueforTwo.com.(R3 Motorsports)(10-12-2010)

  • Conway to attempt Phoenix triple: Kevin Conway and ExtenZe Racing announced that they will attempt to run all three NASCAR national series races - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (no team named or mentioned), NASCAR Nationwide Series (#26 ExtenZe Chevy) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (#71 ExtenZe Chevy) - at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend. Conway has never raced at Phoenix International Raceway, much less competed in NASCAR's top three divisions in one weekend, but he is set to attempt to qualify for his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series debut at the one-mile oval. "I've never been accused of doing things normally," said Conway. "To make my Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series debut at a track that I have never even seen is pretty ambitious but I am excited to have this opportunity with ExtenZe. For ExtenZe Racing to pull this together in such a short amount of time is nothing short of a miracle. Everyone on this ExtenZe team is pumped to give it our best shot in Phoenix." ExtenZe will appear as Conway's primary sponsor in all three races. Together they will attempt to compete in 850 miles of racing at Phoenix International Raceway.(ExtenZe Racing PR)(11-6-2009)

  • R3 Motorsports' gets sponsor for Daytona 500: R3 Motorsports announced Friday that Mahindra Tractors will serve as the primary sponsor on the team's #23 Chevy that Mike Skinner will attempt to qualify for the 2009 Daytona 500. R3 Motorsports, which fielded a part-time Nationwide Series effort last season for driver Robert Richardson Jr., will attempt to qualify for its first Cup race with Skinner behind the wheel. "I first want to thank R3 Motorsports and Mahindra Tractors for this opportunity to race," said Skinner. "The Daytona 500 is one of those things, that as a racer, it is an honor to be able to compete in. The crew has been busy working back at the shop to put a car out there that will be strongly competitive and qualify for the big show. Even though the team is very young and it is their first Cup race, there is a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise at R3 Motorsports. I hope with my veteran status that I can lend a hand and produce strong results at Daytona." The team plans to attempt to qualify for the first five races of the season and then continue on a race-to-race basis. Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe will make pit calls for Skinner at Daytona.(SceneDaily)(2-6-2009)

  • Skinner to run for R3 Motorsports at Daytona: R3 Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Mike Skinner will attempt to qualify its #23 Chevy into the Daytona 500 this season. Crew chief Slugger Labbe will oversee the team. The former Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) champion drove the #5 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing last season. R3 team owner Rob Fuller says the team plans to run the first five races of the season and continue the schedule on a race-to-race basis depending on its success.(FoxSports)(1-20-2009)

  • Skinner looking for a ride, has Daytona 500 ride: There are only three weeks until the NASCAR portion of Speed Weeks 2009 at Daytona International Speedway, and former Truck Series champion Mike Skinner is looking for a ride. Skinner has wheeled a Toyota for Bill Davis Racing since the end of the 2004 season. When Davis sold his team to Marty Gaunt and Mike Held last year, Skinner was told he had a job this season. "Two days before Christmas, I was told, 'Everything was fine,' " Skinner said Wednesday. "New Year's Day, they called me and said they weren't racing." Skinner's job loss came to light during a media conference call with Lee White, who directs Toyota Racing Development, the car company's racing arm. "There's a lot of effort going on right now to find a seat for Mike Skinner," White said. "Mike has been a great advocate for Toyota for four years. He's done a lot of great work for us. He and (wife) Angie are loved within the company, and we're working pretty hard with two or three other teams to find a quality seat in the Truck Series for him this year." Skinner said he's had discussions with several teams, including Randy Moss Motorsports. "What a great opportunity that would be," he said. "It would be a great mix, you know, NASCAR and the NFL. "We haven't gotten anything put together. I haven't seen a contract yet. I'm sure we'll get some help. I've only had five or six days to work on this." Skinner said he was upset not only about losing his ride, but the way the situation was treated by Triad Racing Technologies, owned by Gaunt and Held. "I've never had a contract jerked from under me because people handled it wrong," Skinner said. "I don't want to bad mouth anybody, but this was not very professional. I'm just glad Toyota is still behind us and wants to help us." Meanwhile, Skinner said he's "99 percent" sure he has a ride for the Daytona 500, just a one-race deal. He's not interested in returning to Sprint Cup as a full-time driver. "The Sprint Cup is fun, but I'm a racer, and I want to drive trucks," he said.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-15-2009)
    UPDATE: Angie Skinner writes on the discussion board -- Mike [Skinner] and I are driving up to NC today to meet with a potential team who seems excited to take on the #5 [Truck Series] guys and Skinner. Mike is looking to attempt the Daytona 500 in a car which Slugger Labbe is working on....this isn't a full time team...just a fun attempt at the great race.(Mike Skinner.com)(1-18-2009)

  • Richardson hopes to run 2009 Daytona 500: Robert Richardson Jr. and the R3 Motorsports team [#23 Chevy in the Nationwide Series] plan to attempt to run the 2009 Daytona 500.(11-13-2008)
    UPDATE - R3 Motosports plans several Cup races: R3 Motorsports owner Robert Richardson Sr. said his team has entered the Daytona 500 and could compete in a handful of other Sprint Cup races in the 2009 season. R3 plans to compete full time in the Nationwide Series this year with drivers Robert Richardson Jr. and Ken Butler III, with sponsorship from Mahindra Tractors and Aaron's rentals. Richardson Sr. said his son as been approved for Cup tracks 2 miles and less in length, and the team has five Cup cars purchased from Dale Earnhardt Inc. "We're expecting the Cup fields to be short as well this year, so in addition to our Nationwide car fleet, we've got five ... cars sitting there ready to go," Richardson Sr. said. The team will watch car counts in Cup races throughout the year, and if the fields are small enough, R3 will enter. Richardson Sr. said the team is talking to two veteran drivers about competing in the Daytona 500.(Scene Daily)(1-10-2009)

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