Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Who Could Fill In For Tony Stewart If He Needed Time Off?

When it comes to Smoke's farewell season it could be in jeopardy, at least the first few races could be. Smoke was looking to attempt one final Daytona 500 but as it sits right now that may be in question or an unknown to many. Not much details have been released as of late just the fact that Stewart was hospitalized with a Back Injury. One post I read said that Stewart's injury was severe but that he could move his extremities. This makes many think that Smoke will miss the Daytona 500 in his final season. We sure hope not but here are some drivers who I think could fill in for Smoke in the Races before he returns.

Alex Bowman

Alex Bowman has to be at the top of the list in my opinion. Alex Bowman was released last minute from Tommy Baldwin Racing where he was replaced by Regan Smith. Alex Bowman has the talent and the type of face Smoke's sponsors would kind of appeal to in some way shape or form. I personally think Bowman could be the top option of the ones available and with being rideless in 2016 The #14 could be what Bowman The Showman Needs!

Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon is sharing a ride with Michael McDowell over at Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing and this could land both McDowell and Ty Dillon in the Daytona 500. A Dillon has drove the #14 before in 2013 when Smoke broke his leg. Austin Dillon drove the #14 at Michigan and Talladega so I think it could be fitting for Ty Dillon to take over the #14 while Smoke Recovers. Dillon appeals to Smoke's sponsors like Bass Pro Shops, Mobil 1, among the others. In fact Bass Pro Shops has sponsored Ty in the Xfinity Series and Truck Series over the last few years!

Michael McDowell

Could Chevrolet's newest Driver Michael McDowell fill in for Smoke? It could be possible as he is teammate to Ty Dillon and has done the fill in game in the past with Kyle Busch. McDowell could be the perfect fit for Tony Stewart's #14 but McDowell is already slated to attempt the Daytona 500 in the #95 K-Love Radio Chevrolet. McDowell has made the Daytona 500 4 times over the last few years with numerous teams. McDowell has also seen much success at Daytona including a 9th in the Daytona 500 in 2013 and a 7th in the 2014 Coke Zero 400. If McDowell was to drive the #14 I am sure Ty Dillon would be in the #95 to get the attempt count started.

Brett Moffitt

2015 NASCAR Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Brett Moffitt is another driver who sits rideless going into the 2016 Season. Moffitt Could replace Stewart and I could see Moffitt really benefiting from it. Moffitt really impressed me at Atlanta last season as I am sure he did with many other drivers and teams. Moffitt being ridless is due to Front Row Motorsports dropping a ride and Michael Waltrip Racing shutting it's doors. If he does not fill in for Smoke 2016 could be questionable for him and we may not see him behind the wheel in 16'.

Josh Wise

Josh Wise had a pretty solid ride at the beginning of 2015 but after Phil Parsons Racing sold to Premium Motorsports you saw Josh Wise leave the team after 9 races. Wise then went to Go Green Racing for 3 races then to BK Racing for 1. After BK Josh returned to Go Green Racing for 1 race and he returned to Front Row Motorsports at Talladega. He finished the season at Homestead with Go Green Racing. I could see the 2014 Sprint Fan Vote Winner in the #14 but If not I could see Josh somewhere in the Xfinity Series. 

Tony Stewart Injured, Could Require Healing Time.

The three-time Nascar champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized Tuesday with a back injury, and Stewart-Haas Racing said the team was unsure of the extent of his injuries injuries. Next week he is expected in Daytona Beach, Fla., to prepare for his final season in Sprint Cup. Stewart, 44, was injured Sunday in an accident while he was riding an all-terrain vehicle on the West Coast, said Mike Arning, a spokesman for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart was being evaluated At an undisclosed hospital and was able to move all his extremities. Arning indicated that Stewart’s condition would not be updated again until Thursday. Stewart was in Arizona on Saturday night at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale and was interviewed on live television from the event. Stewart is retiring at the end of this Nascar season, and he was supposed to report next week to Daytona International Speedway to begin preparing for the Daytona 500, which takes place Feb. 21. (The Associated Press)

Big News Coming Thursday February 4th!

Be sure to tune in Tomorrow Afternoon for some big news concerning the future of The NASCAR News Source! All of the logos will be removed and will form a new Logo for the 2016 Season along with possibly a new name! Be sure to share this with other viewers you know because we want everyone to know the Big News We have coming! (Koelle,2016)

Cole Whitt to Drive for Premium Motorsports in 2016

Premium Motorsports has announced their newest driver for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team. Premium Motorsports absorbed with Hillman Racing at the beginning of 2016 and with the addition of Cole Whitt that makes that organization just a bit stronger. Cole has drove for Front Row Motorsports, BK Racing, Swan Racing, along with a few others over his NSCS Career. JR Motorsports was where he raced in what was at the time the Nationwide Series in 2012. Cole Whitt has a best finish of 13th at the Talladega Superspeedway last season. Whitt wasn't the only change made at Premium Motorsports this year; During the offseason, the team hired Mike Hillman as competition director and Mark Hillman as crew chief. Several of Whitt's previous partners are also expected to re-sign with the new team. (Koelle,2016)

Statement from Hamilton Hughes Racing

-- At this time Hamilton-Hughes Racing (HHR) has cut ties with Kevin Rutherford for breaching his contract with the team. Kevin had tested Daytona on Jan. 16, and was approved to race in the Lucas Oil 200 for HHR, as well as the full 20 race slate for the 2016 season. The car Kevin was supposed to drive is still sitting in the shop, ready to head to the track. As of Monday, HHR and Kevin Rutherford Racing could not come to an agreement on terms for the upcoming season, and Kevin had breached his contract he had originally signed for HHR, one in which he and his Lawyers had drawn up. HHR will be taking legal action of this matter.
--As for other drivers leaving, Scott Edwards could not reach an agreement for Daytona, but is still in
talks for races later in the 2016 season.
--Kevin Hinkle was also in talks with HHR, but could not come to an agreement for Daytona. He is also still in talks with the team for races later in the season. (Hamilton Hughes Racing)