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I find that kind of interesting. He said he was retiring from Cup because he didn't like the grind of 36 races a year. Now he is going to run 50 races a year. Talk about a grind. Lol. Now I do admit that I don't follow the WoO Sprint Car Series that closely so I don't how many total races a year they run. I do know that sometimes they run 3 and 4 races in a row at different tracks each night. Even though the tracks are fairly close together that seems like more of a grind to me.Not too surprised. He's said he plans on doing 50 WoO races.
I think you need to factor in that in the WoO not only must you qualify but there are also multiple heats that you must race in other than the main. Also at most tracks the pits are far less desirable than a Cup eventConsidering that the 36 week grind mostly consists of races that are at least 300 miles in length on tracks over half a mile long compared to the WoO 50 race schedule of 50 lap mains on tracks that are at most a half mile long, I would assume it's less of a grind for sprint cars....
Yes, there are the heats.... But even if you were to race in every heat in a night, the distance raced would still be much smaller than if you were to race in a Cup race at a similarly sized track....I think you need to factor in that in the WoO not only must you qualify but there are also multiple heats that you must race in other than the main. Also at most tracks the pits are far less desirable than a Cup event
It's KBM to Cup, guys, it always has been KBM to Cup. Now is as good a time as any, think about all the stars aligned here:
-Kyle is TECHNICALLY in a contract year, and while that doesn't mean much, it does mean it's easier for Gibbs to release him and help him bring his own team to Cup.
-Kurt is most likely out a ride but DOES have sponsorship with Monster, what was KBM's sponsor in XFINITY? Monster. Who still has the ONLY win in XFINITY ever for KBM? Kurt. Who's Kyle's brother? Kurt. Kurt and Kyle would be phenomenal at developing a new Cup team. I imagine it would grow as fast as SHR did.
-FRR and Truex's fates are hanging off the edge, JGR could EASILY ditch FRR and grab KBM to be their new technical alliance team. Toyota can even keep Truex, send Truex to the #18, Kyle will drive the #54 for his team, Kurt will drive the #97, his championship number.
Kyle will also reopen an XFINITY Series team and probably run one car with several drivers.
My sources have told me something along the lines of this:
Kyle out of the #18, into his own #54 for KBM.
Truex out of the #78, into the #18.
Kurt out of the #41, into the #97 for KBM.
Cole Custer up to Cup with the #41, possibly renumbered #00.
Bell either one more year in XFINITY or a third KBM car which is incredibly unlikely.
FRR either shuts down or picks up someone like Kenseth. FRR is being cut from the Toyota alliance though so would most likely go to Fords with support from Roush or SHR. Pearn probably will follow Truex. KBM gets funding from TRD and Mars for Kyle and TRD and Monster Energy for Kurt.
That's not nearly as earth-shattering as the rumor I've picked up from a source of mine....
"I bet I know what it is.
JGR cuts ties with FRR to support Kyle Busch and KBM becoming an allied Cup team. Truex goes to the #18, Kyle drives the #54 for his own team. Kurt leaves the #41 to drive for Kyle in a #97. Custer goes to the #41, possibly renumbered #00. Having KBM be the JGR alliance team instead of FRR opens up the possibility of running four more cars on top of JGR’s four instead of FRR’s 1-2 cars. This also means the Toyota development drivers have a clear ladder to climb to Cup, possibly through KBM entirely."
This is a confirmed rumor I've heard from a reliable source of mine. I'm 99% certain it's happening and 98% certain that this is the earth-shattering news.
Oh he won't go to 4 instantly. I predict he'll go to 2 for sure, 3 if sponsorship and a charter are available. He can easily obtain two charters from FRR, especially if FRR closes shop, I believe they still own two but have one of them leased out.
Edit: Nevermind they sold the second one to JTG for the #37.
Still, I'm sure he can "convince" one of the small teams to give one up as well as taking the #78's charter.