Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2010 Rumor Mill: Never Too Early

Through the grapevine I've stumbled upon a few juicy rumors that could send a 3rd driver to Stewart Haas Racing for the 2010 season. Simply, there are two candidates: Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne.

For Keselowski, it would present a move to the Sprint Cup level while Mark Martin is putting the #5 in victory lane every month. The story goes that Hendrick will pay Keselowski's way on this 3rd car and increase the partnership between the two teams.

For Kahne, it rests on his contract and the willingness of Budweiser to go with him. Kahne doesn't look happy with Richard Petty Motorsports. Reports have him being frustrated on the radio nearly every week. Kahne is also an open-wheel driver, same as both Stewart and Newman. It's not hard to imagine him fitting in with what they're doing. My guess is that Budweiser would move with Kahne in such a case. Kahne is under contract through 2010 though, so something would need to happen on RPM's and SHR's end to make it happen. I imagine a buyout would be rather costly.

Again, these are just rumors... but they've been making the rounds for a reason.

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