Monday, January 19, 2009

Richard Petty Motorsports

Out of the blender of teams, names, numbers, and drivers, we have a new 4-car team set to take on the Sprint Cup season - Richard Petty Motorsports.

To sum up, once and for all, the 2009 lineup of RPM (which is a great acronym for a race team, btw) is as follows:

#9 Budweiser - Kasey Kahne
#19 McDonalds/Best Buy/Stanley Tools - Elliott Sadler
#43 McDonalds/Air Force/Valvoline/etc. - Reed Sorenson
#44 Valvoline/etc. - A.J. Allmendinger

As far as team management, I have no idea.  Robbie Loomis and Dale Inman are joining the GEM group, but who knows what order they'll sort this out in.

A few other noteworthy items:

Scott Riggs joins Tommy Baldwin Racing
-Not a bad move for either side, Riggs is a marginally better Cup driver than Blaney and should be bringing State Water Heaters or Hunt Bros Pizza.

No Verizon logos on #12, sponsoring Nationwide effort
-This is something Penske is uniquely experienced with, as their IRL teams are fully sponsored by Marlboro despite not being able to have the logos on the car.  As an Alltel customer, Verizon has a lot to live up to, but I'm hoping for the best.  Justin Allgaier gets the break of a lifetime in the Nationwide Series, and hopefully he'll make the most of it.

Michael Waltrip hopefully retiring after 2009 season
-It can't come soon enough.  Please.  Napa deserves better, and Mikey will make a better owner when he gives up the driving.

Yates looks to have dumped Gilliland
-Not a moment too soon... the 3-car team of Travis Kvapil, Bobby Labonte, and Paul Menard has made Yates a big winner this offseason.

Finally, Danny O'Quinn has a full-time ride... although it's not exactly what I'd hoped for.  Danny will drive the #0 JD Motorsports Chevy.  Maybe he'll get to compete the full season with no S&Ps.

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