The NASCAR season is blistering hot as August approaches. What is hotter than the track right now is questions that are still to be answered in the Sprint Cup & Nationwide Series?
With Danica Patrick & Ricky Stenhouse Jr. set to compete for next year’s Rookie of the Year and Matt Kenseth leaving Roush Fenway Racing, some excitement has already come out. Left still on the list is a whole lot more.
1. Joey Logano: Does he stay at Joe Gibbs Racing where he was highly scouted to be the next superstar in NASCAR? My take is that Joey needs to go where he will best fit in for his further development. Joey has already proved himself in Nationwide Series, and has made long strides in his Cup career this year. Though Gibbs has stated that they want to retain Logano, if rumors are true, they put their money on Matt Kenseth, Joey will probably look elsewhere at his options. Penske may have an opening in the #22, which could be a perfect fit for him and Ford. Ford is looking to increase its leverage of other competitors stocking up on young talent.
2. Ryan Newman: We know that Tony Stewart said earlier in the season that he wants Newman to stay at SHR, but he must find sponsorship & I am very sure Army announcing its departure from NASCAR did not help his cause. So does Ryan go back to Penske, where he won the Daytona 500, or does he land a ride with a new Andretti team that has yet to be announced? Could Catepillar make a call for change at Richard Childress Racing with Jeff Burton struggling so much in the last couple of seasons.
3. Kurt Busch: Kurt probably has the fewest of all options but he is still a wild card. After a mid- season altercation with the media that got Busch suspended from 1 race & almost fired from his ride, his whole team come together & voted Kurt their driver. That really shows a lot for a small time team & if Busch plays his cards right, he could be a big influence on Phoenix Racing for a very long time. Kurt still has a chance to surprise everyone & land a top ride with a competitive team like Richard Petty Motorsports or maybe Andretti, but he has a lot to lose when he has a team that supports him & could possibly be in Victory Lane by seasons end.
With so many more questions to come, as a spectator, you can understand why we call this Silly Season. Too much thinking and predicting can & will cause headaches, so race fans just sit back & enjoy the week off. In NASCAR, news happens every day.
Chris Creighton is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com. You can also follow him & RantSports @nascar28_chris @RantSports.