Chicagoland Means New Beginnings For A Couple Of NASCAR Teams

By Christy Valdez
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Chicagoland Speedway may be the site of the kickoff for chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup but for some teams it’s the start of a new beginning.

As several teams within the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have made changes to their lineups for 2014, some teams are getting a head start at those changes at Chicago. Phoenix Racing and Swan Racing are not only preparing for another race weekend but their making changes now to see what could work for them in the future.

After several years under James Finch, Phoenix Racing goes under new ownership and the first race in the chase also marks the first race under the recent changes. Not only will the team receive a new owner in Harry Scott Jr., it will also receive a new driver in Justin Allgaier. The race will also be Allgaier’s Cup Series debut.

With both Scott and Allgaier set to make their move into the Cup Series, it will help grow their relationship since Scott is co-owner at Turner Scott Motorsports and Allgaier drives the No. 31 car for the team in the Nationwide Series.

After starting off the season with David Stremme as the primary driver, Swan Racing has decided to make changes and go with someone new behind the wheel. Making his return for another Cup Series start will be Cole Whitt. Not only will he get another shot at a Cup race but he will help Swan Racing in what they need to move forward.

Moving forward, Swan Racing is looking for the their driver and with the remainder of the season still ahead, they will try out as many drivers as they need to until they find what they need.

The race weekend at Chicagoland should be beneficial for both teams as they start to make adjustments within their organizations and plan on for the future. Right now it might be testing out what can work for both teams, but it’s also an opportunity for both Allgaier and Whitt to showcase what they have.

Both Allgaier and Whitt may not have much to lose as the rest of the field in Sunday’s race but they have to make the best of it. If they have what their respective teams are looking for then who knows if it can lead to something bigger for them in the future.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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