floydnimrod Posted October 5, 2008 Share Posted October 5, 2008 We have Offseason threads for other sports, but NASCAR's is just as exciting.Here's what we know so far...Tony Stewart will leave Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the year and will move to Stewart-Haas Racing (the team he bought) Stewart will drive the #14 car and Ryan Newman will be his teammate, driving the #39 car. Sponsors announced so far are Old Spice and Office Depot.Replacing Stewart in the JGR 20 car will be 18 year old phenom Joey Lagano, and Home Depot will remain on that car.Mark Martin moves from his part time ride in DEI's #8 car to the #5 car at Hendrick Motorsports, making them a "superteam" having Martin Dale Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson.This leaves Casey Mears the odd man out at HMS, he will be joining Richard Childress Racing as their fourth team. However Mears will replace Clint Bowyer in the 07 car, while Bowyer goes to the #33. This will be Mears5th car in 5 years. (At Ganassi he was in the 41, then the 42, at HMS in the 25, then the 5, and now the 07).With Martin leaving DEI this creates a void in their four car team. Martin Truex Jr. re-upped for next year, while Regan Smith and Aric Almirola will be in the 01 and 8 cars respectively. This will be Almirola's first full time ride as he split time in the car this season with Mark Martin. Paul Menard announced he was leaving the 15 car to go to Yates Racing. Menard's sponsor, Menard's, is also leaving with him, as it will most likely follow him throughout his career. Yates Racing now gets a third car. Joining David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil is Menard. The problem is that neither the 28 or 38 (Kvapil or Gilliland) have sponsors. While Menard's will come in as a sponsor, it will most likely sponsor Paul's car only. No word on what number Menard's car will be.Gellette Evernham Motorsports has signed Reed Sorenson away from Ganassi to drive the 10 car. Patrick Carpentier, the current driver of the 10 car, has not been told wheter or not he will be back, but it will be "soon."With Sorenson leaving Ganassi, this leaves the team with only one driver, Juan Pablo Montoya. Texaco-Havoline is leavin ghte sports, and Wrigley will be the primary sponsor for the 42 for 19 races. Dario Franchitti was the driver of the 40 car but that team has folded, and Franchitti will drive for Ganassi in the IRL leaving Ganassi's IRL team with the past two IRL Champions, Franchitti and Scott Dixon.Penske's void left by Ryan Newman was filled by David Stremme, who served as the team's test driver this season. Stremme was last seen driving full time for Ganassi in the 40 car.Roush racing still has five cars, with next year being the deadline for Jack Roush to cut back the maximum of four full time cars per team. Jamie McMurray will almost certainly be the man out, and it is rumored that another team owner has bought out McMurray's contract, but Jamie denies the rumor.JTG Daugherty Racing signed Marcos Ambrose to drive the 47 car next year, but the team lost a transformer in a fire and signed a "technical alliance" with Michael Waltrip Racing for next year.Red Bull Racing has signed Scott Speed to drive the number 84 car next season. AJ Allmendinger is out of a ride.Brad Coleman will drive the 96 car for Hall of Fame Racing. It was previously driven by JJ Yeley, who was let go in August.Sponsor Notes:CATerpillar is leaving the 22 and will be Jeff Burton's sponsor in the 31.UPS will be the 6 car's (David Ragan) sponsor.US Army is being shopped around is could be just about anyone's sponsor next year.What we don't know...Who will drive the the 41 car. It isn't definite that it will be back but Chip Ganassi wants it back.Who will drive ofor Gillette Evernham or DEI's fourth team, if there will be one.What team, if anyone, bought McMurray's contract.Scott Rigg's (driver of Haas-CNC's 66 car) said he has a conract waiting to be signed for next year, but we don't know how it's from.Brad Keselowski may see time next year as A) a part time driver ofr a part time HMS team, or a driver for Dale Jr's team, JR Motorsports if he decides to take his team to the Cup level. Keselowski has said that he is not ready to run in the Cup Series yet.Driver's Without Rides:AJ AllmendingerTony RainesScott Wimmer (runs for RCR in the Nationwide Series, was rumored to be in the 33 car)Scott Riggs (for now)JJ YeleyJeremy Mayfield ( ran well in the 40 car in his only race in it at New Hampshire) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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