I'm going to do this as a weekly article, one to keep you up to date on what has happened all week long in NASCAR. It might not be here every Tuesday, or even Wednesday, but I will bring it to you, I promise.
Of course, being that racing is over for the year (only 82 days until the Daytona 500 on Fox) you would think the airwaves would be a little quieter. Not so.
As Darrell Waltrip tweeted, all is quiet until the Monday after the Awards Ceremony. Well, that's exactly it. Although NASCAR.com is reporting that Penske and Kurt Busch have agreed to part ways, other sites weren't so generous to Mr. Busch, leaking that he had been fired the night before. Now, honestly it could be a combination of things, but I believe Kurt was told he was out of a job and also told if he wanted to keep some semblance of pride, the announcement could read that it was a mutual agreement. What say you?
In any case, no announcement has been made as to who will fill Kurt's shoes in the 22 Penzoil Dodge, but a lot of names have been thrown into the ring, most prominently Brian Vickers. Now I know Brian is a talented driver, but he also has quite a giant ego and a temper to boot. Would he really be smart for Penske? Poor Penske had to listen to Kurt's obscenities and tirades all year long because the car wasn't right. With Brian, they would have more of the "i didn't do ANYTHING wrong!! He hit me." etc.
Another name I've heard suggested is David Ragan. Now Mr. Ragan got his first win in the Cup series this year, but is he a good enough driver for Penske to invest in? I think he could be. Right now, at Roush, he is overshadowed by Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and even Greg Biffle. Would he shine if brought into a two team garage? Maybe worth the investment after all.
Over at Michael Waltrip Racing, the news that Brian Pattie had been hired as Clint Bowyer's crew chief also broke.
Clint is moving to MWR after spending all of his NASCAR racing career with RCR. Brian Pattie, on the other hand, makes the move from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing where he has been crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya. JPM started his season off well, only to struggle in the later races. Like the Busch brothers, JPM seems reluctant to take any of the responsibility for poor performances by his team, so in my mind, Brian is getting the better deal in this move. He'll be working for a driver who knows what respect is.