The magical musical car ride has started in NASCAR again and this year lots of drivers are moving around to different teams than they were racing for last year and others have decided to stay put. Change is a way of life in NASCAR and the Sprint Cup Series is known for drivers that move around both during the season, after and before. We’ll take you through a few of the changes, but for the rest, check out Speedweeks 2010 opening at Daytona International Speedway on February 4th.
Jamie McMurray is excited this year about his return to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, for who he drove in 2005. They had a great relationship that saw Jamie contend during the Chase a few times, so they are probably hoping to reignite some of the old magic. It will be tough to compete against Jimmie and Mark, once again, but he’ll certainly give it his best try. It would be nice to see Jamie reach the level of success we all know he’s capable of, but the Sprint Cup Series is one of the most competitive racing series in the world.
Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t happy with his 2009 and has decided a change in teams in necessary, if only for a fresh breathe of air. This year Martin will be behind the wheel of a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota and he’ll be working with crew chief Pat Tryson. These two gentlemen are well known for being two of the best in the business and if they’re able to make the combination work, we could be seeing the duo having a lot of success on the track in 2010.
Bob Jenkins has decided to make a big investment in 2010 by fielding three teams that will race at every venue and Front Row will be racing in a Ford car on the track this year. This will be different to see as he has raced in a Chevrolet or Dodge for a number of years, but maybe he felt a change was necessary, for some reason.
Travis Kvapil will be the lead driver for FRM’s. Plans call for him to be behind the wheel of the No. 34 car most of the time, but he’ll be moving around from car to car through the year. Travis is a former World Camping Truck Series Champion and has the resume and skill to compete with anybody on the track, so it should be exciting to see what happens with him on the track.
These are only a few of the many changes happening before the start of the 2010 NASCAR season. There are a lot more that we didn’t have time to talk about that you can find out about on February 4th, during Speedweeks 2010 opening.
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