CONCORD, N.C. — The last few weeks have been a blur for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Cole Whitt.
Whitt started the season with Swan Racing, but things changed rapidly following the April 12 Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Because of financial difficulties Swan Racing shut down and team owner Brandon Davis sold the No. 26 entry that Whitt drives to BK Racing.
BK Racing retained Whitt, the 2008 USAC National Midget champion, as driver of the No. 26 Toyota for the remainder of the season. The California native is just starting come to terms with everything that happened.
“It is a big transition for sure. It is a lot to take in,” Whitt admitted. “You kind of just get your feet underneath you and you feel like you’ve got things rolling pretty good, then the next thing you know you kind of get the carpet pulled out from underneath you.”
Swan Racing, which was purchased by Davis late in the 2012 season, expanded to two full-time Sprint Cup teams this year. Fielding cars for Whitt and fellow rookie Parker Kligerman proved to be too much for Davis, who was simply unable to find the funding required to maintain the program.
Whitt said he tried to focus on his job driving the cars for Swan Racing, but admitted it was difficult to ignore the problems the team was experiencing.
“I always keep my head down and just kind of dig with what I need to do,” Whitt said. “I kind of ignored it, but at the same time it wasn’t really that ignorable. It was something where you know it is kind of coming; you could feel it, you could sense it.
“You could just kind of see it coming a little bit. I didn’t think it would maybe be that soon, but you know he (Davis) did give us the opportunity to do it when we could find other stuff (jobs). It sucks for Brandon, he is a great guy and gave me a great opportunity and he kept me going even still until now.”
Now Whitt’s focus is to help BK Racing, which also fields cars for rookies Ryan Truex and Alex Bowman, improve its program.
“I’m really excited to be a part of BK. They are putting things in the right order to grow,” Whitt said. “It is a long term goal. We’re not going to be able to grow to where we want to be this year or the next year, and if anything we probably stretched it even further going to three cars. They are doing the right things and I’m happy to be a part of that.
“I’m here for whatever we need to do and to help the team get better.”