Well Silly Season is well underway in NASCAR’s elite series and here is what we know…Tony Stewart will leave Joe Gibbs Racing to start a Owner/Driver venture with Haas Motorsports that will officially become Stewart-Haas Motorsports in 2009 which will also bring Stewart back to Chevrolet. Ryan Newman, the 2008 Daytona Winner, will be realeased from Penske Racing at the end of the 2008 season and rumor has it that he will be going with fellow Indiana native Tony Stewart to start his new race team.
Penske Racing is looking at Gilette-Everham Motorsports driver Reed Sorenson and he is rumored to fill that seat. There are others that have been mentioned such as David Streme and Scott Riggs.
Also in the mix is Casey Mears who will be released from Hendrick Motorsports number 5 car after the end of the 2008 season and rumors have surfaced that he and current Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver, Martin Truex Jr. are the front runners to fill the new number 33 car being fielded by Richard Childress Racing which will bring RCR to a four car team for 2009. Hendrick Motorsports has already filled the seat of the number 5 with veteran driver Mark Martin who will come out of semi-retirement and run a full season in efforts to capture his first championship. More to come as we get closer to the chase.