Former Motorsport.com writer Lee Spence might be batting .018 when it comes to silly season rumors but I’ll be damned if her rumors aren’t the best this side of Tom Bowles saying Harvick signed to drive the #5.
On Saturday Spencer posted a blog on RacingBoys.com (still a terrible name) about all the silly season rumors she is hearing from Michigan this weekend. Everything from what we already know to things that you will honestly chuckle at.
Before we break them down, keep in mind this is the same person that definitely said Brennan Poole would be racing Cup this season with RCR and look how that turned out.
Martin Truex Jr. To JGR? WTF
RacinBoys.com — Another scenario has Daniel Suarez moving to the 95 should Joe Gibbs Racing need to make room for Truex.
Ok, so this was completely made up sitting in the media center while thinking of things to make up. There is absolutely no chance JGR will move Suarez to the #95 to make room for Truex should the #78 team close down after the season. Which they aren’t going to so it’s not even a story.
Suarez’s backers won’t let this happen anyway. They’re paying to be at JGR, not Leavine Family Racing. Also, the blatant disregard for contracts in rumors is hilarious.
Chance of this happening: 0.00%
Daniel Hemric To The #95
Daniel Hemric has been rumored for a third RCR car, one of the JTG cars and now apparently the #95 Toyota. No one else has mentioned Hemric to the #95 and while he certainly has the skills to make it to Cup, it doesn’t really make sense.
LFR is a team looking for a boost in performance, they likely want a more established driver. They’ve done the growing pains, they don’t want to do it with a rookie and a rookie who doesn’t really even bring money. Kahne staying in the #95 for another year makes the most sense.
Chance this happens: 10%
Dinger Out, Preece In
When AJ Allmendinger signed a 5-year deal with JTG Racing in 2015 it made a lot of people do a double take. A 5-year deal is nearly unheard of in NASCAR outside of the established superstars. For a guy like AJ and a team like JTG, it made no sense.
Two-three year deals are the smartest move because it makes a driver work for that extension. WIth AJ it almost seems like he knows he has 5 years, he knows what the buyout is and he lost his hunger in a sense. Three Top-10s this year with two being at Daytona is certainly not showing the hunger.
Everyone’s favorite modified driver Ryan Preece has been strongly rumored to be headed to the #47. While the internet seems to think this is a bad move it’s a full time, funded ride for the 27-year old who has all the talent to be a Cup winner but he needs the opportunity.
Chance this happens: 80%
Kasey Kahne To The #6?
Trevor Bayne is gone from Roush Fenway at the end of the year, we all know that like we know fire is hot and 7UP is better than Sprite. But what we don’t know is if Matt Kenseth wants to come back for a full season in the #6 and run 20th week in and out.
According to Spencer Kahne’s name was tossed around at Watkins Glen as a possible option for the #6. Unless RFR is going to get support from Stewart-Haas Racing Kasey Kahne is better off staying with the #95. Less of a headache, less of Jack.
Chance this happens: 35%
Trevor Bayne To JR Motorsport
This is pretty much a move that everyone assumes is happening. Trevor Bayne will move over to JR Motorsport in 2019 taking over the #1 car vacated by Elliott Sadler who will go home and yell at teenagers on the freeway as he loses One Main as a sponsor. Bayne will bring Advocare and their millions as he hopes to resurrect his career with JRM.
Bayne just needs something good to happen to his career. Winning the 2011 Daytona 500 has almost been a curse to him at this point. Like Dan Marino going to the Super Bowl and never going back.
Surely Door Bumper Clear will break this news on accident on this week’s show or next week’s.
Chance this happens: 95%
Noah Gragson To JR Motorsport
Current Kyle Busch Motorsports truck driver Noah Gragson’s name has also been tossed around according to Spencer. Gragson is a 2-time truck series winner and has three Top-10s in three Xfinity starts. However he’s not viewed as a top Toyota prospect, those spots belong to Christopher Bell and Todd Gilliland. Where does that leave Gragson? Potentially looking for opportunities elsewhere and JRM could be that place. However JRM running 5 cars doesn’t seem logical, but Noah brings money.
RCR could be a landing spot for him as well, potentially even Ganassi if he brings a season worth of money. Although a full-time Ganassi Xfinity program will almost certainly go to John Hunter Nemechek.
Chance this happens: 15%
Silly season is certainly not short of rumors this year. After what we thought would be one of the most uneventful silly seasons has ramped up ten fold. And listen, folks, I’m here for all of it. All of these are rumors though, and potentially unsubstantiated rumors so don’t take them as fact.
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