NASCAR's Silly Season Has Officially Kicked Into Gear

Horn FanSenior Writer IJuly 15, 2009

TORONTO, ON - JULY 11:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Boost Mobile/Motorola Dallara Honda in pit lane during qualifying for the Indycar Series Honda Indy Toronto on July 11, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

First, Indy Racing League's Danica Patrick paid a visit to Stewart-Haas Racing, on a race shop tour and even signed autographs for some surprised fans visiting the shop.

While she was a guest of Tony Stewart, he wasn't there and was testing Goodyear tires at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

With all the rumors about her coming to NASCAR Sprint Cup, striking out with both Rick Hendrick and Jack Roush maybe she's exploring other options.

Second, we've seen the rumors of Red Bull Racing switching to Chevrolet in 2010 and being affiliated with Hendrick Motorsports.

It makes sense, Brian Vickers has driven for the team, Jay Frye worked at Ginn Racing when it was affiliated with the team and it adds a new wrinkle to were Kez is going.

It's added a new twist, that Brad Keselowski wasn't joking he had options for the 2010 season in Sprint Cup.

So add Red Bull Racing as a possible place for Kez, to race for in 2010. Rick Hendrick did say, Saturday he had the resources to add RBR to it's engine program.

While it's not known if he'd replace Scott Speed in the No. 82 or if it would be as a third team, but one thing it will be Dietrich Mateschitz's decision regarding his investment with Speed and he does have the resources to run three Red Bull cars.

This makes more sense then bring JR Motorsports to Cup.

Here's the scoop of silly season, another option would be to see Kez driving the No. 24 in 2010 as Jeff Gordon has back surgery over the off season and sits out a season recovering.

Third, according to Sports Illustrated, Kevin Harvick has asked for his release from Richard Childress Racing at season's end and even with a agreement for the 2010 season.

Something that doesn't surprise me one bit. Since Happy just seems to be going through the motions and even with having the worst luck in the world this season.

Shell-Pennzoil is re-negotiating with RCR, but also rumored to have talked with Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports.

It does make sense for both too move on. They do like Happy, so what if this gives both an out, they pay less sponsor wise by the move and he rejuvenates his career.

And Happy has talked to Smoke about driving a third car at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Come on we knew that, since both Smoke and Newman drive for his KHI team and yes the question has to come up among racing buddies.

While it's just a rumor, it's one that makes sense for all the parties involved.

Now I don't agree with SI, about KHI merging with JR Motorsports and Hendrick.

I think we'll see KHI continue to operate the way it has, sure SHR will help off set the lose of GM funding.

In return they get a proven option of developing young drivers in both the Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.

I also think neither Happy or DeLana want to eliminate bring their baby KHI to Cup, they also are loaded for bear with talent and some day they will make that leap affiliated with SHR.

Sources for First and Second,

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Note for the editors; I used three nicknames in this article, Kez = Brad Keselowski, Smoke = Tony Stewart and Happy = Kevin Harvick and listed this for you if you have no knowledge of NASCAR or it's drivers.