Published on April 5th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith2
Truex To Joe Gibbs Racing?
If Earnhardt Ganassi Racing does not find a sponsor after this weekend’s Samsung 500, the team will have to shut down the No. 8, and sideline Aric Almirola.
If that happens, Martin Truex Jr could leave the team because he has a clause in his contract stating that he must have two teammates, or he can leave the team.
Add to that, the fact that Bass Pro Shops has a performance clause in its contract, and with Truex 28th in points, the sponsorship could be in jeopardy.
Chevy can also change its support, if EGR does not field three teams.
There’s a rumor circulating in the garage that Truex could replace Joey Logano in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Home Depot Toyota.
JGR President JD Gibbs said:
Joey’s our guy. We haven’t had any conversations with anyone. We’d like to have someone in line by summer time, but you have to sit down, look at what partner is available, what driver is available and who would be a good fit for the team. We had Hall of Fame [Racing’s No. 96] last year and we don’t have it now. So we have room for a fourth team. We’d love to have it.
JGR plans on running a fourth car later this season, the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota for three races later this season.
If Truex were to leave EGR, Bass Pro Shops could leave, too. It could land on Stewart Haas Racing’s No. 39, filling out some races later in the season.