BK Racing possibly expanding to three cars by taking over the No. 23 car

By Joseph Wolkin

BK Racing is young. They don’t have much experience. Entering the sport in January when the season began in mid-Febuary, starting with the annual Daytona 500.

The team brought some experience along with them. Doug Richert, who had over 400 races as a crew chief entering the season along with leading his drivers to a combined 119 top ten finishes over the course of 24 years, joined the team to be Landon Cassill’s crew chief.

But, the team started out with a second car with Travis Kvapil behind the wheel of the No. 93 Toyota for the majority of the season. At Daytona, the two teams appeared to be struggling, but over the course of the season, they continued to move forward, gaining experience as a group.

At one point, BK Racing announced that David Reutimann would be driving a third car for the team in races that Danica Patrick was entered in with Stewart/Haas Racing in the No. 10 car that Reutimann drove in the races Patrick didn’t. That deal came through for one race but never came to fruition after that one race at Darlington where Reutimann struggled.

For the 2013 season, nothing has been announced for BK Racing. But, there are rumors that the team will switch one of the numbers to the No. 23. That number has been used this year by R3 Motorsports with Robert Richardson Jr. and Scott Riggs.

Reutimann could be driving one of the two cars, but could possibly expand to a three car team over the off-season, hopefully filling the field with an extra car that won’ t be a start and park competitor.

So if this happens, what will happen to Riggs? Well, rumors have been circling the sport that he may become Patrick’s driving coach in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013 and will be given the opportunity to race with Stewart’s team if sponsorship is found. The team would be the fourth for Stewart/Haas Racing which is likely expanding to four full-time teams in 2014. That fourth team could be driven by Kevin Harvick which has been said to have a multi-year deal already.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

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