Don’t know why people keep penciling Custer into the 41.
If you read between the lines and listen to what Gene has said over the past couple years, it sounds like he has no intention of doing that.
SHR’s current model doesn’t really involve developing drivers anyways. Much like HMS did for many years.
My opinion purely based on what Gene has said in interviews and his tone is that I really think that Gene feels he’s doing Joe Custer a solid by letting Cole drive the 00 car in Xfinity.
Up to this point I don’t think Cole has earned the opportunity to drive the 41 car and I think Gene feels that way too. Also consider how big a deal Gene made about Kurt when he got him. It was all about getting an established Cup star. I think that’s what they will continue to try and do moving forward.
Fair point and I agree. However, I am basing this on the assumption that SHR doesn't have the timing that matches up to any proven star right now.