June 22, 2009

Joe Gibbs Racing open to a fourth team

Joe Gibbs Racing could have a fourth team in place as early as next year if the right driver and a sponsor could be found, but don't count on it, according to SceneDaily.com.

“We’re in no hurry," J D Gibbs said at Infineon. "If we have to wait a year, that’s fine. You have got to have the right driver, the right core group and the right sponsor. But if that happened, we could do it pretty quick. I wouldn’t cross it off for next year but at the same time we’re not going to force it.”

Our View: Fantasy owners can afford to be patient. This studied approach is likely to result in a strong team whenever they decide to expand. In this economy, it's hard to imagine a new Gibbs team even as early as 2010.

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JR Motorsports closer to Cup

In order to offset some of the lost income from GM, Rick Hendrick is considering expanding his affiliate program, according to SceneDaily.com. That could mean JR Motorsports making a move to the Cup series in 2010 with Brad Keselowski as the probable driver.

Our View: Now that Mark Martin is going to stay in Cup for another full time season, they have to come up with something. They can't keep Keselowski on the shelf forever.

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New Hampshire entry list

The entry list for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 has been posted. In addition to the regulars, Brad Keselowski is in the No. 09 James Finch Chevrolet and Ted Christopher in Kirk Shelmerdine's No. 27.

Our View: One has to assume that Finch intends to go the distance with Keselowski this time after "starting and parking" several times in the last few weeks. At Infineon, Fellows ran incredibly well before fading to 27th at the end.

Christopher shouldn't be considered anything more than a sentimental favorite. The Modified champ will be a fan favorite.

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