Chatter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage this weekend has a potential merger between BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing being considered.

Both teams have struggled thus far at NASCAR’s top level this season, but the merger would combine resources, assets and personnel with hopes of lifting the on-track performance of their drivers. Another possible scenario is BK Racing simply acquiring Tommy Baldwin Racing, sources say.

13003379155_0476f51063Currently, Tommy Baldwin Racing fields the No. 7 Chevrolet for Alex Bowman, while BK Racing fields three cars for rookie candidate Jeb Burton, Matt DiBenedetto and veteran JJ Yeley. Bowman drove for BK Racing in 2014, but left the team to join TBR.

If the merger happened, it’s likely that Baldwin’s team would switch to Toyota and Baldwin taking a director of competition role.

A spokesperson for RAB Racing, which currently does not field a full-time team, confirmed that they were involved in an initial discussion with BK Racing, but wouldn’t elaborate.

Requests for comment to both teams were not returned.

Burton failed to qualify for the Toyota Owners 400 in his No. 26 Estes Toyota, but the team announced Saturday he would replace JJ Yeley in the No. 23 Toyota.


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