NASCAR isn’t Robin Miller’s beat but the IndyCar media stalwart sure has a knack for stirring the pot down in Charlotte. This isn’t Winston leaving NASCAR level but Miller confirmed a months-old rumor.
In this week’s RACER Mailbag Robin Miller dropped a Kyle Larson rumor on everyone.
According to Miller, Tony Stewart said he would like to hire Kyle Larson. Miller has been championing to get Larson in the Indianapolis 500 but it appears Stewart has other ideas. Kyle Larson is the most talented free-agent on the NASCAR market. With that talent comes massive baggage the includes really poor judgment on comments, and a very public racial slur.
Stewart-Haas Is The Only Team That Can Pull This Off
When Larson was fired from Chip Ganassi Racing earlier this year the only possible top-tier landing sport for him in 2021 was Stewart-Haas Racing.
SHR took a chance on Kurt Busch after he carpet-bombed his career. Busch was able to secure the #41 thanks to SHR co-owner Gene Haas sponsoring the car with his own company, Haas Automation. The team didn’t have to sell Kurt Busch to sponsors, instead they had an in-house sponsor and made it work.
For Larson, the team has a few options. Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola with their three combined SHR wins (respectively) are both free agents after this season, meaning there are two open rides at SHR. Almirola brought Smithfield to the team as his sponsor, so let’s assume they’re gone. However, Clint Bowyer’s sponsor Rush Truck Centers was an SHR sponsor before his arrival. And that is where Larson could end up.
Rush Truck Centers owner Rusty Rush isn’t a guy that will need any convincing to hire Larson for the #14 and that is how Stewart will be able to pull off hiring Larson.
Not to mention SHR needs a replacement for Kevin Harvick when he decides to retire.
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