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Some recent NASCAR rumors are off the wall

Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:47 pm
 

I thought I'd address some of the interesting rumors that have made their way across the NASCAR wires in recent weeks.

The biggest name in the NASCAR rumor mill has been ... Danica Patrick?

That's right. Patrick is in the final year of her contract with Andretti-Green Racing in the IndyCar Series, so of course stories pop up that she's interested in making the jump to NASCAR.

That part of the rumor you can believe. Even with the toll the economy has taken on NASCAR in recent seasons, it's still the top racing circuit in America. It would be a mistake for her not to test the waters.

Even if she stinks, the curiosity factor would be a boon to NASCAR. So I do think it's a legit consideration for her from a money making standpoint (for one season at least).

Now for the second half of the most recent rumor about Patrick -- that Hendrick Motorsports would replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Patrick in its driver lineup. Earnhardt Jr. would move over to his JR Motorsports operation, which would move up from the Nationwide Series to Cup and, like Stewart Haas, receives engines and technical support from Hendrick.

Don't buy it for a second. It just doesn't make a lick of sense to drop the series' most popular driver, who does have the ability to succeed despite the growing cries of his critics, for an untested stock-car driver. Hendrick may not lose much on the popularity/souvenier sales scale with that switch, but to think she'd have more success behind the wheel than Earnhardt is ridiculous.

The rumor that makes the most sense with Patrick is Ganassi ... in the IRL. That also gives her an in into NASCAR if she's truly interested in trying it out. All in all, I'd be stunned if she's driving a Sprint Cup car next season.

The other big rumor making the rounds involves Michael Waltrip Racing. A MWR press conference has been scheduled for July 7 as which time Waltrip is expected to announce that Martin Truex Jr. will drive the NAPA car.

That's not so surprising because that rumor has been going around for months. The twist in this rumor is that Truex would come aboard immediately.

While I won't argue that Truex won't be joining MWR, I just don't see it happening this year. Maybe for the last few races of the season if Earnhardt-Ganassi, Truex's current employer, is feeling generous.

I'm not saying it's not possible that Truex makes the switch now, but based on the history of how these things happen, I have my doubts.

Keep up with the latest Silly Season rumblings on CBSSports.com:
http://www.cbssports.com/autoracing
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Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:15 pm
 

Some recent NASCAR rumors are off the wall

Brian how in the world is the Truck series even surviving this long, every race l watch there are so many empty seats and really terrible when it is a stand alone event. Have to agree it probably won't last much longer.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:05 pm
 

Some recent NASCAR rumors are off the wall

Roush-Fenway would love to get Kasey and possibly Budweiser both if RPM somehow couldn't afford to keep him.  Kasey by himself would be a big upgrade.  Would that mean David Regan and McMurray would both be gone then, in stead of just Jamie?
I think regardless of whether Roush is able to snag Kahne both Ragan and McMurray could be shipped off to Yates. McMurray has never lived up to the expectations many had for him we he signed up with Roush and Ragan has regressed after making great strides in his second season last year.

Because of the financial and sponsor issues, I think Silly Season may end up being more active the some peopel think.

Also, how many races will be in the truck series next year?  All sorts of rumors about that as well.NASCAR insists that everything is hunky dory with the Trucks, though as you mention, they may trim a few races off the schedule. My belief is that it's 50/50 whether the Truck Series exists next season.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 5:41 am
 

Some recent NASCAR rumors are off the wall

Roush-Fenway would love to get Kasey and possibly Budweiser both if RPM somehow couldn't afford to keep him.  Kasey by himself would be a big upgrade.  Would that mean David Regan and McMurray would both be gone then, in stead of just Jamie?

If the new ford engine proves it is all that and a bag of chips, a Roush ride might prove tempting to Kasey.  I will keep a close watch on Jamie in Daytona since he is first one to test that new power plant from Ford and RFR.

Also, anyone notice the ads Jack Roush has on Sirius radio trying to find more sponsors for all levels of his racing program.

Also, how many races will be in the truck series next year?  All sorts of rumors about that as well.

Guess I'll go find the Silly Season page and read all about it.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 4:47 pm
 

Some recent NASCAR rumors are off the wall

Now the really big rumor that just came out and you missed is Kasey Kahne moving to a third MWR team next season.  If that happens then MWR becomes an instant threat to the other NASCAR teams, in my opinion. I didn't miss it, it's on our Silly Season page, I just didn't mention it because I don't think it's all that crazy.

From what I've read and heard, George Gillett may not have the financial werewithall to remain in NASCAR. From the sound of things, the recent agreement to sell the Montreal Canadiens was done more to save his soccer interests than his NASCAR interests. The future of RPM is very clouded.

If RPM has to set Kahne free, it wouldn't surprise me at all if he landed at MWR, though you can bet MWR won't be his only suitors. Gibbs, Stewart-Haas, Roush would be in the mix as well.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 1:20 pm
 

Some recent NASCAR rumors are off the wall

Brian, I agree that Danica replacing Junior is a left field shot at the best, but if it does happen it proves a point I said a long time ago and that is Rick signed Junior for the money he could bring in not the races he could win.  Which is a shame because while not the best driver on the circuit, Junior is definetly a top 10 to 15 driver and can still win races. He even proved that he has some desire left this past weekend at New Hampshire, which some, like myself, have doubted he still had.

As for MWR, I see Martin coming only if Bass Pro Shop wants to go ahead and align itself to a new driver now.  Outside of that, I can only see Martin in the 56 NAPA Toyota come next season. 

Now the really big rumor that just came out and you missed is Kasey Kahne moving to a third MWR team next season.  If that happens then MWR becomes an instant threat to the other NASCAR teams, in my opinion. 


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