Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/9/14

In somewhat of a shocking announcement last week, Jeff Burton confirmed that he will not return to Richard Childress Racing in 2014. The veteran said he doesn’t have any definite plans for the ’14 season but wouldn’t rule out running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. That now leaves two open seats at RCR. One is likely going to be Austin Dillon replacing Kevin Harvick in the No. 29 Chevrolet. Its been rumored Dillon and Childress will move that car back to the No. 3 and have his grandson start a new generation in the famous 3 car. That still leaves one seat open to join Dillon and Paul Menard at RCR. That likely goes to Ryan Newman. There have been rumors the two sides have talked and a deal is close. It makes sense in that Newman is the next best available free agent. He won the Brickyard 400 in July and has shown he still has some years left in him. With Kurt Busch going to Stewart/Haas Racing that leaves the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet open. At first it was rumored Newman would be going there but with the recent RCR ride open it makes more sense for him to join that team. That in turn leaves the FRR ride open and Juan Pablo Montoya would be the logical fit. There were tons of rumors going around that Montoya would return to the Izod IndyCar Series in 2014 after being told a few weeks ago he would not be signed to Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing for 2014 and beyond. Michael Andretti confirmed he had talks with Montoya about an IndyCar return and said if the funding in there he would like him back on that side. Montoya didn’t dispel those rumors saying he’d be open to a return to open wheel and just wants to race for a competitive team. With how good FRR has been this year and the way the dominoes fell I think Montoya ends up with FRR. It’s been a weird silly season but the chips are slowly falling in place. Who else would FRR go for if Newman signs with RCR? Funny how things work themselves out with a simple release of Burton. Prior to Wednesday it looked like Montoya was heading to IndyCar. Now, his likely destination is with FRR. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post NASCAR: Jeff Burton’s Release Could Keep Juan Pablo Montoya in Sprint Cup appeared first on Race Review Online.

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