David Stremme will cease to drive the No. 30 Toyota of Swan Racing after Saturday nights race at Richmond International Raceway.
Stremme, 36, was 31st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. He had competed in the car for every race this season after Michael Waltrip drove the car in the season opening Daytona 500.
Moving into the seat occupied by Stremme will be Cole Whitt who competed with JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series last season and had been a start-and-park driver for various teams this season.
“Cole is a very talented driver with a bright future and we are eager to see him compete for Swan Racing,’’ owner Brandon Davis said in a statement issued by the team. “I also want to thank David Stremme for his commitment to the team and for helping me learn so much about the sport in my first full season in NASCAR.
Whitt is scheduled to drive the car next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway along with Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega and Phoenix.
As many as two other drivers could fill the five other remaining races that Whitt will not drive.
The news took Stremme by surprise.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t know what the hell is going on,” Stremme told FOX Sports. “No one has told me anything. I thought I was going to Chicago (next week).”
There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not Stremme owns any part of Swan Racing. The driver has refused to comment if he does or not.
Stremme will drive the car this weekend at the 3/4 mile Richmond International Raceway.