Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by StandOnIt, Apr 4, 2019.
Let the speculation begin......I don’t think this is good for Alex any way you slice it.
some will have to ignore what Hendrick said about Bowman's future. He's signed for next year, and Hendrick said:
Sucks to see sponsors leave, especially one as committed to the sport as Nationwide. Alex will be fine. He’s having a breakout year and is top 10 in points. Not to mention Mr. H says he’s under contract through next season.
The key here is driver salary. I doubt HMS is paying Bowman all that much. A talented driver on a cheap contract will factor into the sponsorship budget crunch for 2020. Versus shelling out the dough for a Kurt Busch or Larson.
Rick also said that about Kasey Kahne in 17...and I also remember Rick saying there was “No Room at The Inn” for Dale Jr in 2008. Now Kyle Busch drives for JGR.
huh? Hendrick paid a years salary to Kahne to run with Levine family racing and threw some sponsors in on the deal. Kyle Busch dug his own hole at Hendrick
Rick said Kasey was safe at one point in 2017. Rick also said that he wasn’t going to sign Jr in 2008....I just wouldn’t dismiss them losing Nationwide as no big deal for Bowman. They can’t even sponsor the 24 fully.
Mr. H said he didn't have room, and at the time, he was right. Kyle Busch hadn't quite worn out his welcome yet
Yes no room at the inn until Rick made Kyle vacate his room lol
This is true. However those things were said before Byron won a championship and Kyle bailed at Texas (allowing Jr to drive his car).
Losing sponsors is always a big deal. I’m not dismissing it. I just can’t see Bowman being tossed to the curb yet. Not with how he’s running of late. He’s the 2nd best performer at HMS the last two seasons.
And as I already mentioned, he’s cheap. Easier to slap Hendrick Autoguard on a car when the driver isn’t commanding a champion’s salary.
yep and it isn't like the solar bunch bailing at the last minute like what happened to Ganassi, they have time to work some deals before next season.
Yes sir I agree, I would bet Rick will keep Alex but it will sting not having Nationwide. If however I had to be hopeful of an organization finding a sponsor it’s Hendrick Motorsports. They are good at finding new companies to come on board. I do hope they’ll ditch the 88 though since the last connection to Jr is now gone and slap a 25 on that car next year.
Screw Nationwide! We don't need 'em! If they don't want us, we don't want them! Good riddance! Someone better will come along
Where is Ian McVittle?
We need someone to sound the alarm! (again)
you miss him? go look for him
Last seen being escorted off premises by the Mods...
I'm not worried about Bowman, he can drive the heck out of the car when he has a fast one to drive. On the other hand, the heat has been turned up so it will be interesting to see what he does.
Nationwide was pretty well a Junior sponsorship and he was the spokesman. Like many of his deals, his money came from his personal commercials and representation. It may just be that the deal between Nationwide and Junior has ended and so they are cutting ties with HMS as well? Something triggered the "early clause".
Bowman fits the bill very well for the HMS stereo type and is a very good driver so I am sure they will sponsor him and resign him next year as well. ( My BOLD Prediction for next year.)
JGR: 4 Kyle, MTJ, Denny, Jones
Penske: 3 Logano, Kez, YRB
HMS: 4 JJ, Chase, Bowman, Byron
SHR: 4 Harvick, Aric, Clint, Suarez
CGR: 2 Kurt, Larson
RCR: 2 Austin, Hemric
RFR: 2 Stenhouse, Newman
Top Organizations*: 21 Driver slots
40s: JJ, Harvick, Kurt, Newman, Bowyer
30s: KyBu, MTJ, Kez, Denny, Aric, Stenhouse
20s: Logano, Chase, Jones, YRB, Bowman, Byron, Suarez, Larson, Austin, Hemric
Xfinity drivers moving up to top teams 2020? Custer, Reddick, Bell
MENCS drivers -- shift to top teams? Buescher, Bubba, Ty, Preece, Tifft...
Hanging out? Menard, Matt D, Ragan, LaJoie, McDowell, Yeley...
*Not including satellite/alliance teams.
Bold: Cup Champions
I wouldn't really call RFR and RCR's Cup organizations elite teams.
They can't win a race on speed these days.
It fell out of the hauler as it was being dragged away from the racetrack for the last time, and suffered a spin on the highway.
I think you pretty much nailed it
RCR could have won 1 on speed, driver had a brain fart.
RCR and RFR are at the top of Cup teams that don't have race winning speed.
Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth have helped some but not a lot to be winning at RFR. Daniel Hemric has had a lot of struggles so far which I think has set RCR back a little.
The only one i would ask about is Woods, aren't they more on par with RCR and RFR than Germain and FRM?
sadly for a number of reasons this looks about right this season so far
Yeah probably....but with menard driving it really holds them back lol
Another team maybe on the verge of closing its doors after this season. The question is who could it possibly be?
Yikes that's scary! Honestly CGR comes to mind first but Roush I another one where I would'nt be shocked...
I saw some reckless rumor mongering on Twitter with RFR as the subject.
Ganassi is the first that popped to mind. Lost Target and DC Solar, a lot was invested into those two for Ganassi.
Roush has gained a lot of sponsorship, especially for Newman with Oscar Meyer, Acorn, and maintaining Wyndam Rewards. Lets hope all teams are back for next season, it would be a shame to lose another organization like that.
That's the first one that comes to mind for me.
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My shot in the dark guess would be Gannassi, they’ve lost a ton of sponsorship and he may say f it and focus on Indycar
Roush has been mentioned in discussions in other places I hang out as time getting short so who knows.
RFR is what I saw on Reddit. They shut the guy down immediately, but then to see a legit reporter bring it up (while not naming teams)...
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