Well Silly Season is finally starting to settle down and here is what we know…
Richard Childress will be announcing today at Bristol Motor Speedway that Casey Mears will be Richard Childress Racing’s 4th driver for the 2009 season. Mears will pilot the number 07 sponsored Jack Daniels currently driven by Clint Bowyer and Bowyer will move to the number 33 sponsored by General Mills. The points for the 07 car will transfer with Bowyer if approved by NASCAR.
It has also been announced that Scott Wimmer is out of the number 29 car sponsored by Holiday Inn at the end of the 2008 season in the Nationwide Series. There has been no speculation on a replacement driver as Wimmer shared this seat with Cup driver Jeff Burton.
The Hendrick Motorsports number 5 that will be vacated by Casey Mears at the end of the 2008 season will be piloted by veteran driver Mark Martin. Martin will drive a full schedule in the number 5 in attempt to capture his first championship.
Ryan Newman will be the second driver for Stewart-Haas Racing and will pilot the number 39 car. Initially Newman was supposed to be the number 4 but was later changed to 39 as this was one of Newman’s numbers early in his career. The number 4 will remain with Morgan-McClure Racing where it has an extensive history.
Penske Racing has yet to name the driver for the number 12 vacated by Ryan Newman at the end of the 2008 season. Rumor has it that David Streme is the front runner for the seat.
More to come as it’s announced!