NASCAR Preview: It's Time to Plan for 2010...and 2011?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 29:  Casey Mears drives the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, it was announced that Richard Childress Racing would race its No. 07 at the Daytona 500 in 2010. However, as of now, it has no sponsor, no crew chief, and no driver.

Mears was let go at the end of the 2009 season, since it was thought the car would not ride again. So is it realistic he will go back for just one race? RCR may bring the car back for more races, depending on sponsorship. Mears is currently looking for another ride.

2008 was called the “silly season,” but hasn't it been a silly few years?

When 2009 began, it felt like the SATs, trying to learn all the new drivers in their new rides and the transferring of drivers and sponsors. Did Red Bull Racing really have to change 84 to 82 just to confuse the fans? By the time fans learned everyone's rides, the season was over and it became time to learn it all over again.

David Stremme became Brad Keselowski before 2009 even ended! Kurt Busch still can't get that one right.

Steve Addington became Dave Rodgers overnight and left us all scratching our heads.

Gone were Booty Barker and Tony Eury, Jr.

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Switching around are Pat Tryson, Jamie McMurray, and Martin Truex, Jr. But they waited until the end of the season. Thank goodness, because this is a lot to remember.

But what about everyone else? What happened to the drivers of years past? Where's Travis Kvapil, JJ Yeley (who is now healed from his car accident), and David Gilliland? Where will guys like Reed Sorenson go?

2010 hasn't even started and it's already time to prepare. A few tidbits to get you started:

  • Jamie McMurray is driving the No.1, replacing Martin Truex, Jr., who is driving the new No. 56 NAPA car for Michael Waltrip Racing.

  • Matt Kenseth's usual sponsor, Dewalt, has left and has been replaced by Jamie McMurray's former sponsor Crown Royal. Yes, that will be a weird one to see.

  • Mike Bliss will drive the No. 36 car for Tommy Baldwin racing.

  • Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson will win a 5th championship (just kidding!).

And as 2010 nears, Kasey Khane is already looking for a new ride for 2011.

Anyone else need a tutor?