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Reutimann splits from BK Racing

David Reutimann has made a sudden exit from BK Racing after spending a year with the organisation in 2013, leaving him with an uncertain future in the Sprint Cup Series.
BK Racing announced on Monday that David Reutimann had left the team with immediate effect, following a disappointing first season together in 2013.

"After completing a full season with BK Racing in 2013, the decision has been mutually made to part ways between driver David Reutimann and BK Racing effective immediately," a statement from the team revealed.

"Due to the current uncertainty of the team's 2014 driver lineup, driver David Reutimann has decided not to pursue a seat with BK Racing for 2014," the statement added. "No official driver lineup for the upcoming season is currently available at this time."

Reutimann - a two-time race winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - led just a single lap in 2013 and finished in the top 20 only once all year after placing 16th in the season-opening Daytona 500.

Reuitmann was replaced in the #83 by Alex Bowman for testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in December, and Bowman will also take over the car again this week for the Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway.

Meanwhile Ryan Truex revealed on Twitter that he will test BK Racing's #93 car this week at Daytona. The car was previously driven by Travis Kvapil in 2013.

Chase Elliott gets full-time Nationwide seat with JRM

JR Motorsports has revealed that 18-year-old Chase Elliott will drive their #9 entry in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series.

"I just couldn't be any more excited and any more fortunate," said Elliott, who is one of Hendrick Motorsports' development drivers. "I feel it's the opportunity of a lifetime, and this is my chance to do what I love to do and make the most of it."

The #9 car will be funded by sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts, after the company ended its association with Sprint Cup Series team Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of 2013 over the allegations of 'race rigging' at Richmond.

"I wasn't real sure about my future," said Elliott. "Fortunately, NAPA kind of came along and showed some interest, and we were able to get some things worked out, and thankfully that's where we're at today."




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