Hopefully third time lucky this will work. I am doing a one off blog to post my feelings on the silly season permutations for driver and team line ups. This blog is to promote debate and analysis. One and all are welcome to post their opinions, even if they are diametrically different to my views. I have a few ideas for a couple of different blog posts, ranking the crew chiefs currently in nascar and paint schemes for next year and analysis of this years chase contenders when the field is set. I will only continue the blog based on if it provides any benefit to the users of the website.
Number 3 team: Austin Dillon is supposed to be moving up to cup next year. Rookies have really struggled in cup th last 5 years or so. I believe 5-7 top 10s is a reasonable target and a top 20 points finish.
Number 4 team: Kevin Harvick and Budweiser move over from RCR as Harvick chases that elusive championship missing from his c.v. Rodney Childers is rumoured to become the crew chief for this team. They should be a solid chase team.
Number 29 team: Ryan Newman is supposed to be the front runner to replace Harvick, he will be a reliable if unspectacular replacement. He may make the chase via the wildcard.
Number 39: Kurt Busch has been offered the ride at Stewart Haas and it is probably his best option long-term in terms of wins and a second championship. I see Kurt replacing Stewart in the medium to long term.
Number 42: This is the most interesting vacancy with Montoya gone. The most exciting option would be for Kyle Larson to take this ride full time, while the sensible option is probably to split the ride part time with Mark Martin. If Larson is all he is hyped up to be I think he can aim for Clint Bowyer's rookie season (4 top5s 11 top10s). A word of warning though, this team has contended for oval wins once every 50 or so races. This is not a premium ride and I don't think Montoya was the sole reason for the teams lack of success.
Opinions are welcome hopefully this posts.
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