2018 NASCAR Silly Season Update

As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are heating up, so are the silly season rumors. Just this week alone, another driver was made available via free agency as Front Row Motorsports announced that Landon Cassill won’t be back for the team in 2018. But, a possible destination for a free agent was taken away too, as Furniture Row Racing announced that they were shutting down the No. 77 Toyota entry due to a lack of funding. So, what’s left? Who’s rumored to go where? Here’s what we’re hearing. 

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Connecting The Dots, Almirola Now Out at RPM, Danica Out at SHR, Smithfield Leaving RPM For SHR

I don’t know why it took so many announcements on Tuesday, but if you connect the dots, Aric Almirola is heading to Stewart-Haas Racing to drive the No. 10 Ford for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. First off, Smithfield announced this morning that they wouldn’t be returning to RPM and would fund a car at SHR. Then, Danica Patrick revealed this afternoon that she’s not being retained by SHR for 2018 and that a new “sponsorship” deal is the reason. “We’re excited to announce today that Smithfield…

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Did Danica Patrick’s Announcement Reveal Almirola or Kenseth’s Move to SHR?

Danica Patrick revealed on Tuesday that she will not be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. We all knew she was a free agent at the seasons end which sparked rumors already that she may be on her way out. But, did she divulge that Aric Almirola or Matt Kenseth could be on their way in to replace her with SHR? “It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons,”…

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Bubba Wallace Jr. To Race Nickelodeon Themed Car In XFINITY Series Race at Chicagoland

Darrell Wallace Jr. will be returning to the NASCAR XFINITY Series next weekend, as he will pilot the No. 98 Ford with Biagi DenBeste Racing at the Chicagoland Speedway. It will be Wallace’s first start in the series since his previous team with Roush/Fenway Racing was shutdown after the race at Pocono in June due to a lack of funding. Wallace, will drive a Nickelodeon themed car for the final race of the XFINITY Series regular season. 

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RPM To Honor Petty’s 200th Victory With Darlington Throwback

Richard Petty Motorsports had a bunch of information revealed on Wednesday, the first came this morning when they announced that after eight weeks, Aric Almirola will be able to return to his seat with the team this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Almirola, injured his vertebrae in a scary crash at the Kansas Speedway back on May 13. His original timetable of being out was 8-12 weeks. This is the eighth week. Luckily, the team said after his test on Tuesday, he was cleared by both NASCAR and…

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Aric Almirola Medically Cleared to Return to Racing This Weekend at New Hampshire

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola, who suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway in May, will return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The injury, which has a standard healing time of eight to 12 weeks, took eight weeks for Almirola to recover. Throughout the recovery process, Almirola did physical therapy, swam and tested in a simulation and on track environment. A test yesterday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the final step…

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Aric Almirola To Test on Tuesday, Possibly Be Cleared To Return in New Hampshire

On May 13, Aric Almirola was involved in a scary accident at the Kansas Speedway, breaking his back. But, on Tuesday, July 11, just under two months since that accident, the Florida native will be back behind the wheel of his No. 43 Ford. Almirola, is scheduled to test at Charlotte this week in hopes to get cleared to return back to action as soon as next weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. From what I’ve been hearing, this is just a formality as it’s very much expected he…

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