Just when you think it’s all going to die down, just a like a soap opera, a new wild development shakes things up further. Between possible ownership splits, team contraction, and health concerns silly season just got sillier.
Is it just me, or does it looks more and more like Martin Truex Jr. will be the new face of Furniture Row? On paper, the match looks good. Truex is a solid, if unspectacular driver, and he gets a fresh start; away from the circus that is Michael Waltrip Racing. Here’s thinking FRR’s improvement isn’t ALL Kurt Busch, and that some credit is due the Denver, Colorado team that was also making strides when Regan Smith was behind the wheel.
MWR has announced they are shrinking from three teams to two. You may read that as, sorry Martin, we’d like to keep you, but your sponsor’s gone, so it looks like you are too. What suddenly makes this all weird is word that Brian Vickers, who was slated to take over the ‘55’ full time in 2014, must sit out the remainder of 2013. That’s not good. The plot good thicken if Vickers is deemed not ready to race for 2014.
You may have also heard that Michael Waltrip partner Rob Kauffman is parting company with Mikey and starting his own team, with none other than Jeff Burton behind the wheel. Interesting. There’s another driver in need of a fresh start. Of course, there’s also word he was possibly heading over to Tommy Baldwin to drive for his older brother’s one time crew chief.
Have we seen the end of it yet? I’m not sure I’d bet on that. I always wonder about those youngsters waiting in the wings in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. It seems from here, some team could get some young talent and for cheaper than the current veterans occupying some rides. I wonder.