What a sad display of actions for Michael Waltrip Racing over the last month.
A very good driver in Martin Truex Jr. did absolutely nothing wrong but is now searching for a new home for 2014.
Truex made the Chase in 2012 and won a race in 2013 and was quickly becoming a championship level driver. He drove his way into the Chase this year but due to the actions of his MWR organization he was bumped out.
NASCAR penalized him even though he did nothing wrong as his teammates Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers purposely altered the end of the race at Richmond on September 7th.
Both were following team orders as Bowyer purposely spun with seven laps-to-go. Next, both he and Vickers pitted for no legitimate reason to allow cars to go by to alter the end of the race results which allowed Truex to make the Chase.
After all the evidence against them including radio transmissions, Truex was the one who was hurt most in the aftermath, even though he didn’t do a thing wrong while everyone else was to blame. He lost his spot in the Chase, lost his sponsor NAPA, and now lost his ride.
At this point, he’s going to have a tough time finding a Sprint Cup ride for next season. It’s already October as there’s only five races left in this season counting this weekend’s race in Talladega. There are only four months left until the cars hit the track at Daytona for the start of the 2014 season.
With all the good rides already gone he’s really only got one decent option left and that’s to race for Furniture Row Racing replacing the departing Kurt Busch. And that’s only if FRR chooses him to drive for them.
We don’t know who they’ve contacted about that ride as Jeff Burton and some other younger drivers like Ryan Blaney’s name have been brought up. Other than that everything is gone. Richard Childress Racing is bringing up Austin Dillon and added Ryan Newman. Stewart/Haas Racing added Kevin Harvick and Busch. Those two teams are now maxed out at four cars.
Hendrick Motorsports has four teams and no one else could take on another car unless the driver brought a sponsor. Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing brought on Kyle Larson, while Penske already said they can’t run three cars and has sent Sam Hornish Jr. looking for a ride in 2014. The only other possibility is Joe Gibbs Racing but they may not have the resources to max out to a fourth team.
If he can’t get on at FRR then Truex should turn down the MWR part-time ride. With how they treated him he should get as far away as possible. If anything, Bowyer should have been the one to lose his ride, not Truex. But MWR sees $$$ with Bowyer and so they kept him and Vickers, who was just signed.
It’s a shame how this played out so Truex should get away while he can.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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