Is it Silly Season? NASCAR Drivers make moves

NASCAR can be just like Chess - Strategic Moves at Strategic Times

8/14/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Blog Photo - Is it Silly Season? NASCAR Drivers make movesBy now you've heard that Tony Stewart has undergone two surgeries on his right leg, the first to stabilize the leg, while the second was to actually treat the break.  In that surgery, doctors inserted a metal rod into the bone to knit the pieces together.  Tony has a doctor's appointment Wednesday, and MAY find out his fate then.  In the meantime, Austil Dillon has been tapped to drive the number 14 this coming weekend at Michigan.  While the decision may have been a team one, the sponsor most certainly had some input.  Austin has an excellent relationship with Bass Pro Shops, and Richard Childress Racing and Stewart Haas Racing have a working relationship.  Austin filling the seat just makes sense.  However, at this point in time, Michigan is the only declared race.  Depending on how clean the breaks were, Tony may well be back in the seat sooner, rather than later.
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Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has finally had their fill of Juan Pablo Montoya in the Sprint Cup 42 car.  Kyle Larson will most likely be the replacement, as the young phenom has been taking names and making headlines since he burst onto the racing scene this year.  JPM, on the other had, has not lived up to the hype or expectations.   EGR has been very patient with him, perhaps seeing moments of greatness that they hoped would develop into a full blown season of greatness, but two wins in nine years (both on road courses) have left EGR wanting more.  Where exactly Montoya will end up is unknown, but speculation that he could become a Furniture Row Racing driver has been floating around since the announcement.  Kurt Busch has not signed on for a further year with FRR.  If Kyle isn't ready for the big time, Kurt Busch's name is being thrown around as the driver of the 42 for the 2014 season.  Jamie McMurray, on the other hand, isn't going anywhere.

Michael Waltrip Racing had their own announcement this week, but did they tell Mark Martin?  Brian Vickers has been named to be the sole driver of the 55 car for 2014, leaving Michael and Mark without wheels.  This year, the three have shared the 55 ride, but next year Brian won't have to share with anyone.  Will MWR launch a fourth car for select races?  Anything is possible.
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Finally this week, some unfortunate news out of the Earnhardt camp.  We all know the apple doesn't fall far from the tree racing wise.  While Kerry Earnhardt never had the kind of success in racing that his step brother Dale Jr has, his children seem to have been bitten by the racing bug.  Son Jeffrey is already well known (I follow him both on Facebook and Twitter) and his brother Bobby Dale Earnhardt is also starting to make a name for himself.  Unfortunately for Bobby Dale, a poor decision Tuesday night has left him wondering what kind of a roadblock he could be facing.  Bobby Dale was stopped after making a wide left turn at a high rate of speed, and subsequently charged with a DUI.  If found guilty, he could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.  He has acknowledged his mistake using social media, but states that he plans to continue with his racing career, hopefully racing in the ARCA Truck Series.

Michigan is one of this fan's favorite tracks.  I'm excited to see just what Austin Dillon can do, racing with the "big boys"  How about you?
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8/25/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Johnsons strategy wad to wreck his car.... go  watch that crappy demonstration of driving when he wrecked his car... one would think he was try to be Patrick...

8/22/13   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I think that's why he was chosen, to be honest, because he CAN bring the cars home in one piece. And you're right, anything is possible!!

Maybe, it doesn't seem like winning was a motivating factor.

ps: when you go and change your name, I need a memo (i almost didn't recognize you) :)

8/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I don't want to give the impression I dislike Mark. I'm meh about him. He was a good driver, once upon a time. I know, because I watched him win some races. I just feel his competitive edge is gone. I know he loves to race, you can hear it in his voice. I wish him the best. Maybe he will surprise us all and win a couple of races. And, bringing the cars home in one piece can sometimes be a pretty big accomplishment.

I think that's why he was chosen, to be honest, because he CAN bring the cars home in one piece. And you're right, anything is possible!!

8/21/13   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

Debi_L wrote:
As I've said before, my son has been a huge Mark Martin fan since he was a very young boy, but although I like him, I'm not in favor of this decision.  Mark will likely bring the car back in one piece, but will it even be in the top 20?  Once upon a time maybe, but I don't think that is a sure thing any more.

I don't want to give the impression I dislike Mark. I'm meh about him. He was a good driver, once upon a time. I know, because I watched him win some races. I just feel his competitive edge is gone. I know he loves to race, you can hear it in his voice. I wish him the best. Maybe he will surprise us all and win a couple of races. And, bringing the cars home in one piece can sometimes be a pretty big accomplishment.

8/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Mark Martin will replace the injured Tony Stewart in the #14! Yep, that is correct (ooemmgee) I am not excited at all. Mark leaving MWR early gets Vickers in the #55 sooner. It seems to work out all the way around. Or not. I guess it depends on who you ask. Mark Martin fans are certainly dancing in the streets I am sure. This fan, is not. I know someone has to drive the #14 car, but that is not who i would choose. I guess the availabilty of quality drivers is limited. Good Luck to Stewart-Haas Racing

adding: Dillon will drive the #14 at Talledega

As I've said before, my son has been a huge Mark Martin fan since he was a very young boy, but although I like him, I'm not in favor of this decision.  Mark will likely bring the car back in one piece, but will it even be in the top 20?  Once upon a time maybe, but I don't think that is a sure thing any more.

8/20/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Mark Martin will replace the injured Tony Stewart in the #14! Yep, that is correct (ooemmgee) I am not excited at all. Mark leaving MWR early gets Vickers in the #55 sooner. It seems to work out all the way around. Or not. I guess it depends on who you ask. Mark Martin fans are certainly dancing in the streets I am sure. This fan, is not. I know someone has to drive the #14 car, but that is not who i would choose. I guess the availabilty of quality drivers is limited. Good Luck to Stewart-Haas Racing

adding: Dillon will drive the #14 at Talledega

Mark just doesn't have it in anymore, he showed nothing in good MWR equipment this year. Austin Dillion or Regan Smith would have been better choices IMO. Not thrilled one bit about him being in the #14 for the rest of the season.

8/19/13   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

(Edited by JenX63)

Mark Martin will replace the injured Tony Stewart in the #14! Yep, that is correct (ooemmgee) I am not excited at all. Mark leaving MWR early gets Vickers in the #55 sooner. It seems to work out all the way around. Or not. I guess it depends on who you ask. Mark Martin fans are certainly dancing in the streets I am sure. This fan, is not. I know someone has to drive the #14 car, but that is not who i would choose. I guess the availabilty of quality drivers is limited. Good Luck to Stewart-Haas Racing

adding: Dillon will drive the #14 at Talledega

8/19/13   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I know you like him, but I am the exact opposite.  Can't stand the twerp.  However, congrats to he and his team. 

Hugely disappointed that Jr had crappy luck again today.  

I have to say, this race was a bit "mind boggling". I am going to watch the replay. I think I missed something. Yeah, that was ugly for Jr. Hopefully he will shake it off and do something great next week. :)

8/19/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Congrats Joey!

I know you like him, but I am the exact opposite.  Can't stand the twerp.  However, congrats to he and his team. 

Hugely disappointed that Jr had crappy luck again today.  

8/18/13   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

Congrats Joey!

8/18/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

I give up. Tried to post twice now and nothing posts. Enjoy the rest of the race. 

8/16/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm inclined to agree with you this year about Mark.  He has forever been my son's favorite driver, but my son is now 20, and Mark was the first driver he followed.  All the rest are retired, or unfortunately, passed on.  
Michael still makes my heart pound on the Superspeedways.  Like a handful of other drivers, he excels there.  I have no problem with him racing Daytona and Talladega, but he is entertaining in the booth, so I agree he should stay there.

Nationwide is heating up!!! Is it just me, or does it seem more exciting than Cup this year?
 

Yawn! The Cup hogs make the Nationwide series unwatchable. Haven't the Cup hogs won 7 straight in that series?

I really hope Kyle Larson isn't throw in the #42 next year. History has show more times then not that's a really bad move rushing someone into Cup. IMO I think another 2 or 3 years would do him wonders in the Nationwide series.

Tony Stewart will be out for a month, maybe even longer Zippy said today at Michigan. They will use two drivers, Dillon will drive at least one more race after Michigan. And they will have the driver lineup ironed out by Bristol.

 

8/15/13   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm inclined to agree with you this year about Mark.  He has forever been my son's favorite driver, but my son is now 20, and Mark was the first driver he followed.  All the rest are retired, or unfortunately, passed on.  
Michael still makes my heart pound on the Superspeedways.  Like a handful of other drivers, he excels there.  I have no problem with him racing Daytona and Talladega, but he is entertaining in the booth, so I agree he should stay there.

Nationwide is heating up!!! Is it just me, or does it seem more exciting than Cup this year?
 

Yes! Nationwide is very exciting. For me more so, because of Pastrana, but also looking at Larson and grudgingly Dillon. There are some really talented guys this year.

8/15/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Tony shoud just stay out of the car, period. I think I am done talking about him this season, maybe not. It really is a wait and see how stupid he is situation.
Is Mark finally retiring? I know some of you love him and are more than happy to see him race, but, I am not one of you. It is time, seriouslly for him to hang up his fire suit. Michael, as much as I love him as an announcer, really needs to stick with owning a team and his announcer duties and stay out of the car. All my opinions, really nothing new from what I have been saying for a few years now. Still excited about the chase and Nationwide racing.

I'm inclined to agree with you this year about Mark.  He has forever been my son's favorite driver, but my son is now 20, and Mark was the first driver he followed.  All the rest are retired, or unfortunately, passed on.  
Michael still makes my heart pound on the Superspeedways.  Like a handful of other drivers, he excels there.  I have no problem with him racing Daytona and Talladega, but he is entertaining in the booth, so I agree he should stay there.

Nationwide is heating up!!! Is it just me, or does it seem more exciting than Cup this year?
 

8/14/13   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

Tony shoud just stay out of the car, period. I think I am done talking about him this season, maybe not. It really is a wait and see how stupid he is situation.
Is Mark finally retiring? I know some of you love him and are more than happy to see him race, but, I am not one of you. It is time, seriouslly for him to hang up his fire suit. Michael, as much as I love him as an announcer, really needs to stick with owning a team and his announcer duties and stay out of the car. All my opinions, really nothing new from what I have been saying for a few years now. Still excited about the chase and Nationwide racing.