Silly Season Late in Arriving – More Changes to Come From NASCAR on Monday

In year’s past, it seemed that the so-called “silly season” usually started about October and most teams had settled on the next year’s driver lineup by Thanksgiving. Not this year. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a new title sponsor for the Cup Series, the retirement of Carl Edwards, owners leasing charters and some giving them up, and a major announcement coming on Monday night which might include a road race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star race. Whew!

Monday evening is the start of the annual Media Tour, sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the news should be fast and furious, somewhat like the sport itself. Of special interest is the Stewart-Haas bevy of teams, which are changing from Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports engines and chassis to building their own chassis and using Roush Yates Ford Engines.

This week, SHR had a press event at Ford’s Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina, to take questions and show off their new livery for 2017. It was there that a SHR co-owner made the comment that he found out “swiftly” that making the move to Ford was the right thing to do. It will be interesting to know more details. It was revealed that the No. 14 Ford of Clint Bowyer was short on sponsorship for the entire series. They did say that Bowyer would enter all events and if no sponsorship is found, they would use Haas Automation on the car.

It was also interesting that NASCAR made an exception to their rules, something that happens often these days. With the retirement of Edwards, the No. 19 Toyota that qualified for the Clash exhibition race was driverless. Since all the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas had qualified, NASCAR allowed JGR to put rookie and Edwards’ replacement, Daniel Suarez in the car for the race. Suarez does not meet any of the criteria outlined for the race. It will be interesting to see the reaction if he wins the race.

CarParts.com
Shop the NASCAR Justice League Collection
Shop for 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gear at Store.NASCAR.com

Lots more to come this week. Please watch this space.

Previous articleJohnson Tabbed for Driver of the Year Honor
Next articleGrunt Style Returns To NASCAR As Primary Sponsor Of Spencer Boyd
Ron Fleshman has followed NASCAR racing since attending his first race at Martinsville Speedway in 1964. He joined the Motor Sports Forum on the CompuServe network in the 1980s and became a reporter for Racing Information Systems in 1994. In 2002, he was named NASCAR Editor for RIS when it appeared on the World Wide Web as www.motorsportsforum.com. He can now be found at www.ris-news.com. Ron is a member of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. You can find Ron following and reporting on the top three NASCAR divisions each week. As a lifer in his support of racing, he attends and reports on nearly 30 events a year and as a member of the motor sports media, his passion has been racing for 47 years. He lives with his family in rural West Virginia and works in the insurance industry when not on the road to another track.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here