Don’t look now but the domino’s are starting to fall in the Sprint Cup Series. Today Rick Hendrick made it official that Casey Mears will be looking for a new ride next year, leaving a prime seat open for a free agent or hot rookie. Along with this announcement we are hearing numerous reports:
1. Tony Stewart is out of the #20 by 2009, or surely by 2010.
2. Jamie McMurray is on the hot seat in the #26.
3. Martin Truex, Jr is checking his options and might vacate the #1 car.
4. Ryan Newman wants better equipment or he might vacate the #12 car.
5. RCR will create a fourth team without a driver named yet.
This means we could essentially have an open seat at almost all of NASCAR’s premier teams. Factor that in with the possibility Tony could create his own team or boost Haas racing, and you have the makings of the craziest silly season yet. So many open cars, so many available sponsors, so many unemployed drivers. So much for the good old days of NASCAR when you could actually follow a driver and remember what car he drives. The next few weeks will be very telling, and will have an enormous effect on NASCAR for years to come.
Oh yeah, Kyle Busch won again. Why did everybody act so surprised that he could drive on a road course? He won Mexico City last year in the Busch race. This “Shrub” can drive, and yall gonna have to get a grasp on that. Is it possible for this years Hendricks reject to win as much next year as last years Hendricks reject has won this year?