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