Waltrip Racing Win Adds to Truex Rumors

Patrick HaheContributor IMay 25, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 08:  Pole Winner Martin Truex Jr (R) driver of the #1 Bass Pro shops /Tracker Boats Chevrolet and Outside Pole Winner Mark Martin (L) driver of the (5) Kellogg's /CARQUEST Chevrolet in Victory Lane after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 8, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

David Reutimann's win at the Coke 600 may have made this the 2009 silly season more interesting than previously thought.

It was reported earlier this week by Mike Mulhern, and picked up by Jayski, that Martin Truex, Jr. will be driving for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010 and beyond. This is made more plausible by the win today by Reutimann, and the success that two of the three MWR teams are having:

  • David Reutimann No. 00: 13th in Points, 300 behind leader, six out of chase
  • Marcos Ambrose No. 47: 20th in Points, 506 behind leader, 212 out of chase
  • Michael Waltrip No. 55: 31st in Points, 627 behind leader, 333 out of chase

Truex is currently 18th in points, 484 markers back of leader Jeff Gordon, and 190 points out of the chase.

While not much is known of how this move will affect either Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing or MWR, my guess is that this is the last season we will see Michael Waltrip as a Cup Series driver.

While Truex would bring Bass Pro Shops with him, NAPA (if it decides to re-up) could move over to the No. 00 with Reutimann and split time with Aaron's. Marcos Ambrose's sponsorship situation seems secure at this time.

EGR would have serious problems on its hands, as it would lose both a sponsor and a driver. If sponsorship could be found, it is more likely for Aric Almirola to regain his ride, but if not, we could see a very lonely Juan Pablo Montoya in the garage area.