Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More Silly Season changes

Silly Season is far from over. This week has brought a new flurry of activity, as a multitude of announcements and press conferences were held. This is not surprising, as now is about the right time for NASCAR's Silly Season to begin.

Reed Sorenson has signed with Gillett Everham Motorsports, which may or may not leave an opening in Chip Ganassi Racing for Dario Franchitti, who has had some good performances in the Nationwide Series. It was reported by ESPN's Terry Blount, Tuesday, that Target will be staying with Ganassi racing, rather leaving with Sorenson, as previously reported by Terry Blount. Both ESPN, and Reed Sorenson himself, GEM is looking at a four car team that would include Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, and Patrick Carpentier, if sponsorship is found for all four cars.

If you haven't heard yet, Casey Mears is going to the more relaxed atmosphere of Richard Childress Racing, where he will drive the 07 car currently driven by Clint Bowyer, due to owners' points provisionals. Bowyer will move to RCR's new fourth team, the #33 car. Could Mears be the next Kyle Busch? He has said that he feels the structured atmosphere of Hendrick Motorsports cramps his syle, and he has strongly criticized his team, the Hendrick practice of constantly changing his crew chiefs, and his spotters.

It hasn't been officially announced yet, but it is looking more and more as though David Stremme will be in the Penske/Sabates #12 car next year. Stremme is already with Penske as a test driver, and there is no talk of any other driver under consideration for that car.

I believe everyone already knows that Joey Logano will be driving the #20 car next year for JGR, replacing Tony Stewart. This was expected, but it was made official Monday. Logano will be participating in six Sprint Cup races this year in the 02 car, and will be working to get his superspeedway approval by driving in the ARCA race at Talladega later this year.

In the Craftsman Truck Series, Joe Gibbs Racing's top developmental driver, Marc Davis, will be driving the #81 truck of Randy Moss Motorsports for six races beginning Sept 6. Since Davis is under contract with JGR, Moss had to get permission from JD Gibbs for Davis to drive Moss's Chevrolet. Since Gibbs does not have a team in the Truck Series, that okay was given. We can see how this could help out both JGR and Randy Moss Motorsports, if Davis lives up to expectations.

The most surprising Silly Season News, is that one of our favorite bloggers, Mike Maruska, has scrapped his Trouble in Turn 2 blog, and is now blogging for the excellent fantasy racing and stats site, One Bad Wheel. The changes have been made on my blogroll here. But this, for me, is shocking news. Congratulations to Mike.

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