by Charlie Turner
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Bruce, from NASCAR Bits, Tim of Do You NASCAR? and the Bench Racing blog have been playing with this NASCAR round robin that we called Loose in Turn 3. Tim is moving to other things, but Bruce and I are too dumb to stop. Hence, we are now Tight in Turn 2. Here goes.
It looks like the Ford teams will have, maybe, nine cars for 2009 – Roush-4, Yates-3, Wood Brothers-1 and JTG-1. Who will fill the seats?
Charlie: Roush-Fenway is easy with Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan. I think Yates Racing will be David Gilliland, Travis Kvapil and Roush developement driver Eric Darnell. We know that Marcos Ambrose will drive for JTG Racing. But who will the Wood Brothers have, Jon Wood? And what about Colin Braun and Jamie McMurray? The Cup seats are filling fast. Colin Braun will likely run in the Nationwide Series, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr will be pushing for that seat by 2009′s end. If the Ford Racing folks haven’t soured on Jamie, I look for him in the No. 21.
Bruce: Of available drivers who will be floating around, I’m not sure I can disagree with you on this one as far a Jamie McMurray goes, but with how the 21 shop has been doing of late, this season and last, would Jamie go for it? The only other angle I’d be worried about is how dedicated the 21 shop
has seemed to be towards Jon Wood. I can only hope logic and / or reason pans out in this one, no matter who they go with!
That’s what we think. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.
Then head on over to NASCAR Bits for Bruce’s discussion on this topic…
Several staff on the Gibbs Nationwide team felt it necessary to try this stunt. Or as DW calls it, reverse cheating, seeing as how the cars had to run with less power available to them through the entire race. How does this make people feel about Joe Gibbs Racing, or the sport in general?
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