Thursday, August 23, 2007

Martin/Almirola To The #8 In 2008?

Looks like the next driver(s) of the #8 will come from with TEI after all, with Max Siegel floating the rumor that Mark Martin and Aric Almirola will split the car next season with the Army sponsorship. I personally like the move, since I don't think Martin will be retiring for another three years. That leaves the future of the #01 in the hands of a new driver and a new sponsor. I think that if TEI can't get Yeley, they'll kind of "stick" Regan Smith in the car for a year and see what happens. If he turns out to be ok, great... and if not, they'll look to sign a proven driver after 2008. In any event, I expect the team to be alright after all. It looked pretty bleak when Dale Jr. announced he was leaving and Teresa seemed to not really care, but the deal with Ginn was a great move and the alliance with RCR's engines should pay off next season.

Other stuff:

- My advice to RCR for a future paint scheme? How about a plain orange scheme with Sprint/Nextel logos on the hood and quarterpanels. Oh, and those logos will have huge red X's on them.

- Any catch the truck race at Bristol last night? Pretty cool stuff with the new track. Not so cool was Kyle Busch costing Travis Kvapil a shot at a win. Looks like tires will be playing a bigger role than they have, as Benson proved. One bright spot was the 10th-place run of Danny O'Quinn in the #50. Someone GET THIS GUY A RIDE!

Man, I'm ready for the Busch and Cup races this weekend. I'll be back tomorrow.


Cheyenne said...

I thought J J Yeley was going to Yates. Or was that just another rumor?
MM can have the 8, at least it won't be red and the number will be lost with all that army stuff all over the car. And I hope he is ready to hear all those boos. He's fairly sensitive, so just wondering if he can handle it.

Steve said...

Just added ya to the list of favs. Here is mine if your interested.

Nascar and the Canadian Curmudgeon said...

Mark and the Army on the 8 is the best thing good move by someone...Busch broke the cardinal rule in the truck race "don't mess with someone who is in a points race when you parachute in.. that was bad....Looks like the re-surfacing of Bristol is working out well

Jake said...

Did you see who is sponsoring Milka Duno in the Rolex 24 hour race at daytona?