If I were a NASCAR driver and had only won one race in 117 attempts, I would be tickled to death to have a ride—even if it was a donkey.
The NASCAR driver in question is Martin Truex Jr.
Where would he go? Would Tony Stewart make Truex the third ride on his team?
The only possibility I can see is Gibbs hiring him for the rest of 2009 to drive the No. 20 car.
That would probably be a one-year contract. Then what? If this downturn economy keeps up, in 2010 there will be less teams available for him.
The possibility of average drivers left bagging groceries at the local foodmart will increase 10-fold if sponsorship money keeps drying up.
So if I were Truex, I would grit my teeth, drive until the end, and hope sponsor Bass Pro Shops feels the same way.
I have a feeling the only one who can make DEI successful is Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the best part is he doesn't even have to win a race for sponsorship money—he just needs to show up.
DEI needs to be sold back to Earnhardt. He can run the team, hire all his buddies and have a great time. The best thing is that he does not have to win a race.