Silly Season is slowly beginning in the Sprint Cup Series and the first "driver up for bids" appears to be Martin Truex Jr.
Truex Jr., currently the driver for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, has been a heavily rumored candidate for a ride at Michael Waltrip Racing.
When asked why a driver would look at Michael Waltrip Racing as an organization they would want to drive for, Truex Jr. responded, "They seem like a great organization. They have come a long way. I think they have a lot going for them. We will just have to see what happens.”
Truex Jr. said that he knows where he is probably going to go, but it's going to be a few weeks before he tells anyone.
"The picture is pretty clear for me right now,” said Truex Jr. “I am in a good place. I am pretty happy with the way things have gone and I have been having fun at the race track and things are going well right now.
"I think in the next few weeks, everybody will know what is going on. I have just been concentrating on racing because the picture is kind of clear, so I am not really worried too much about it.”
Truex Jr., who agreed to a one-year deal with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing for the 2009 season last year, said that his new contract will be long-term.
“Yeah, this time around it’s going to have to be,” said Truex Jr.
Another part of moving teams is making sure you will have sponsorship to be able to run every race. Truex Jr. said that he does not know if his current sponsor, Bass Pro Shops, will stay with him when he makes his decision.
“That’s something we’ll have to look at down the road once we figure everything out,” said Truex Jr. “Bass Pro has been such a great fit for me. It’s a no brainer. It would be easy for me to go to their stores and meet their customer because I’m a customer of theirs and I have been. I think it’s important to do that with your fans. To promote the sponsor and put 100 percent into it you need to be connected.”
David Reutimann, the driver who gave Michael Waltrip Racing's first win at Charlotte, jokingly said that he is the reason to come to Michael Waltrip Racing.
Reutimann then added the true reason to want to come to Michael Waltrip Racing.
"In all honesty, I thought you guys would enjoy that,” said Reutimann. “I actually got that out with a straight face, too, if you can believe."
With many top-drivers closing in on free-agency and Roush Fenway Racing needs to slim their team down to four drivers for the 2010 season. It looks like we are going to be in for another dramatic Silly Season.