Monday, November 2, 2009

2010 already underway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup for some…Keselowski and Rogers in

Over the last few weeks, team in all three NASCAR national series have been making preparations for the upcoming 2010 NASCAR season and especially in the Sprint Cup Series, changes are in full swing.

Early today, Penske Racing announced that Brad Keselowski would get a jump start on 2010 and replace David Stremme in the #12 Dodge in the upcoming races at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. (Penske Racing PR)

I believe as a Brad Keselowski fan that this is going to be great opportunity for Brad to get some more seat time. Who knows, maybe this is exactly what the series needs in the final three races, Brad coming in and racing hard against some of his rivals Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and even Juan Montoya. Brad isn’t just going to move over, the last three races will be a learning experience. Also consider this, Brad has been driving Hendrick Motorsports equipment in both the #25 and the #09 (the #09 Chevy’s are Hendrick stuff), now he will be running Penske Dodge’s…he’s going to need those three races period.

Last week saw two crew chief announcements…
First it was announced that Dave Rogers would replace Steve Addington on the #18 Kyle Busch Toyota starting this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (Joe Gibbs Racing PR).

I have to admit that this move caught me off guard. Steve Addington is one of the best crew chiefs in the garage area. It wasn’t too long ago that Kyle Busch led the series in victories, but this is a performance driven business and crew chiefs are the first to be changed. But my main question is, where does Steve Addington go from here? He knows this car, if JGR doesn’t have room for him, maybe on his fourth car, then another program will, maybe even with Kyle’s brother Kurt Busch at Penske Racing? Good luck to Steve Addington if he going there.

And second, Lance McGrew was named the full-time crew chief of the #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet after being an intern crew chief since he replace Tony Eury Jr. As a Dale Jr. fan, I believe that this is a good move, but the #88 is far from getting to where they should be. I still believe that Hendrick/Dale Jr./Lance McGrew now needs to start from scratch with this team for 2010, all new people working on this car. I don’t know what the #5 and the #88 do in that shop, but they need to make it like the #48 and #24, one team, two cars.

However this will not be the end of 2010 changes, in the rumor mill still has Kurt Busch getting a new crew chief before Homestead, but don’t think for a moment that Penske is going to let Pat Tryson go over and start at MWR, instead I think Tryson will just be sitting home until after Homstead, then he’s free.

And finally, where is Talladega winner Jamie McMurray going to go? I’m hearing back to his old team owner Chip Ganassi at EGR. I think this will be interesting, one McMurray is an outdoors person that seems to be the problem, Bass Pro Shops wants a marketable person for their brand, Martin Truex Jr. was an outdoors person… maybe Bobby Labonte would be a better choice.

Now it’s off to Texas Motor Speedway with just three races to go in the chase for the Sprint Cup.