I can see it now: reporters have flocked to Welcome, NC to watch a hostage negotiation. Police yell at Clint Bowyer through a megaphone, telling him it'll be OK—just come on out. Really, you'll be fine.
If I'm Bowyer, I'm not so sure. He has to be close to snapping by now, after making the Chase for the second year in a row he gets rewarded with the following.
1. Being moved to the brand new No. 33 team
2. Having the No. 07 team and Gil Martin taken from him
3. Potentially needing to qualify on speed the first 5 races of 2009
4. Working with a new crew chief whose previous Cup experience was with Brendan Gaughan
Seriously, Richard Childress Racing is moving heaven and earth to make sure Casey Mears is dropped into the best situation possible. He gets a Chase-caliber team, a top 12 points position, and a cooler sponsor (Jack Daniels is cooler than General Mills).
In return, Bowyer gets to work with a completely new team, or one that is moving up from the Nationwide Series.
Where's the negotiator?