GMS Racing was rumored to be among the bidders for BK Racing’s charter and assets. As it turns out the boys and girls inside GMS Racing’s shop had a bigger plan up their sleeves.
Adam Stern reported earlier in the day that GMS is in discussions with Furniture Row Racing about acquiring the entire #78 team and assets. That’s right, as soon as next year Martin Truex Jr and the #78 team could be under the GMS banner.
Current #78 team owner Barney Visser is reportedly interested in selling the assets of the team to GMS. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to NASCAR’s regular fans as Visser has said over the last few weeks the team needs sponsorship. Not only does the team need sponsorship but also that he will not put his own money into the team any longer.
That’s where GMS Racing and Maurice Gallagher’s deep pockets come into play at. GMS was rumored to start a Cup team at the end of 2017, those rumors proved to be false. This season as silly season ramped up once again they were rumored to be joining the Cup series in 2018. Now as the silly season kicks into high gear it looks like GMS won’t be NASCAR’s version of Carlin Racing. It appears they will be going Cup racing in 2019 and they’ll be doing it with a shocking acquisition.
According to Stern, the team will continue to operate as is. Now that doesn’t expand on if the team will remain in Denver, Colorado or will be moved to the Charlotte area. What it does mean is Martin Truex Jr. will remain with the team. Crew Chief Cole Pearn said on the Dinner With Racers podcast he has no desire to live in Charlotte and will find something else to do if the #78 team ever moved there. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.
Maurice Gallagher is the owner of Allegiant Airlines and while you may not want to put your life in the hands of their planes thousands of people do. Because of that, the company is able to fund Gallagher’s racing endeavors. Meaning the #78 could split the season with Bass Pro and Allegiant in 2019.
No word on if the team would remain with Toyota or switch to Chevrolet which GMS runs in the Truck and Xfinity Series.
This would be the biggest acquisition in the sport since maybe the Gillette Family ruined Evernham Motorsports or Bobby Ginn buying MB2, destroying them and selling off the remains to DEI as he tucked his tail and headed for one of his resort.
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