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Silly Season continues. This week we found out that Brian Vickers has undergone heart surgery and will miss the start of the 2015 season. Frankly, it would not surprise me if he misses at least half the season. So who will replace him? Well, look for Mikey Waltrip himself to run the restrictor plate races. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Reed Sorenson? Brett Moffitt? Cole Witt? Landon Cassil? A lot will depend on who Aaron’s wants. A rookie or an experienced driver? And a lot will ride on if this is a replacement driver for 2015 for a partial season or if it might go beyond. You have to think Vickers will be back at some point, but his health is paramount.
Bubba Wallace will be racing for Roush Fenway next season in the Nationwide (now Xfinity) series. Full- or part-time id still TBD. That means sponsorship.
And to top it all off, Sprint announced they will no longer sponsor the Cup series after 2016. Sponsoring the series is a huge cost and the cell phone provider market is going though a price war and many changes right now. To see Sprint drop out is not a huge surprise. With Xfinity stepping up for the Nationwide series, that takes a lot of potential technology companies off the list. It will be interesting to see who will step up to the plate on this one.
Lastly, the Sprint Unlimited (the old Bud Shootout) has been watered once again. This year all 16 Chase drivers are eligible as well as anyone who won a pole in 2014, past winners of the Sprint Unlimited and Daytona 500 pole winners. Any other positions that remain will be filled by the highest point qualifiers from 2014. The way I read the press release is that they are looking to field a minimum of 25 cars. Why? I have no idea.
This week I am reviewing Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…