2009 Team News
Terry Cook will be back driving the No. 59 HT Motorsports in 2009, the teams also entertaining the idea of expanding to two teams for next year or forming an alliance with another team.
Camping World's Offer
Seems Camping World can help the manufactures that are in NASCAR—General Motors, Dodge Ford and Toyota to sell more cars.
In the past, Chevrolet has been the official car and truck for their Retail Centers, each customer that bought a RV or Tow-able, you received a $500 coupon towards a vehicle purchased from General Motors.
Seems it was quite success, now Camping World's CEO Marcus Lemonis, wants to make the same offer to the other manufactures. The trouble is since he publicity made the offer three weeks ago and he hasn't heard anything back from the manufactures.
I know if I just purchased a $72,000 RV, got a $500 coupon for a GM Vehicle, I'd be asking Camping World can you make that a fuel card.
The Economic Effect
Kevin Harvick, Inc. laid off 8 to 10 employees coming from either their Truck and Nationwide Series programs.
Germain Racing, has been downsizing, looks like the No. 30 teams deal has not been finalized yet and they may have laid off some employees.
With the team, running Max Papis part-time in Sprint Cup in 2009, for eighteen races. In the Nationwide, the team will have both Justin Marks and Mike Wallace driving for them. Then in CWTS, looks like they'll just run Todd Bodine and not sure if they also run Chrissy Wallace in a second truck, like they said would happen earlier in the 2008 season.
Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia will be shutting down at the end of the week and it's sad to see it happen.
The late Bobby Hamilton, started the team in 1999, this past season Dennis Setzer recorded the teams 20th career win at it's home track in Martinsville. Hamilton turned it into a championship, winning organization, when he won the truck series title in 2004.
The team was run by his widow, Lori Shuler-Hamilton, as chief operating officer, plus co-owned with Clay Campbell, Stacy Compton, Mac Bailey, Marc Melling and Joey Arrington and run out of it's race shop in Martinsville, VA.
No word on what will happen with the truck or equipment. The teams sponsorship from Dodge ended after the 2008 season, they downsized mid-season from two to one truck and knew this was coming since Dennis Setzer has been looking at other ride options most of the season.
Now had his widow, let her step-son, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., continue to drive his dad's truck, let his wife Stephanie help run the team, and stayed in Nashville. Who knows they could be in better shape today, than what the team is today and you can't help but feel sorry for Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
Like Junior, he just wanted to continue his dad's legacy, but wasn't able to and sure this affected his attitude the last couple of years.
It's Not All Bad News
Two Drivers Looking For Teams
Jason White and Gunbroker.com, are shopping themselves around to prospective teams looking for a deal that keeps two together.
Donny Lia and Nationrides.com, are negotiating withBill Davis Racing and had been trying to work out a deal with Randy Moss Motorsports to stay with the team in 2009.
Wyler Racing is looking to expand to a two truck operation in 2009.
Both Wyler Racing and Jack Sprague want to stay together and are looking for a marketing partner for the No. 60 truck.
The combination, has found success in the past, winning three races, earning four poles, have eighteen top five and twenty-seven top ten finishes.
Spraguewould love to stay with the team, make a run for a fourthchampionship and needs a sponsor to do it. With the economy it's made it hard finding a sponsor, but their working hard for one or a multiple sponsorship programs.
Sprague would also serve as a mentor, to a young driver who already has backing from a company and would be in a second entry for the team.
Wyler Racing has been trying to expand the last few years, thought they already had it worked out last year, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
Chad McCumbee's plans for 2009 are still up in the air, he has nothing concrete with Petty Enterprises.
Unless sponsorships found, he won't be driving the No. 44 for the team, the Marathon deal didn't happen due to the economy and the company downsizing.
McCumbee hopes he'll run some races in the 44, but that's doubtful, since they already announced that the No. 43, with Bobby Labonte, will run full-time regardless with or without a sponsor.
McCumbee who finished the year in trucks in eleventh place, hasn't ruled out returning to the Truck Series to race full-time in 2009.