So here are some MORE thoughts on the whole “silly season” (why do they call it that anyway?) debacle.
First I just want to mention that it is important to note that Tony Stewart is NOT the driver out there looking around. Greg Biffle, Martin Truex, JR and Ryan Newman all have contracts that expire either this year or next. I think that I read that Casey Mears is also up in 2009 (don’t quote me on that I could be wrong).
I have pretty much said my piece on Tony’s situation over at Nascar Blogger Full Throttle. But I have had time to continue to mull it over in my head. I still pretty much feel that way, but I have more ammunition in my arsenal:
- I really think that Kyle and Tony have more similar driving styles that Tony and Denny have. I think that this will only mature their relationship as teammates as the season progresses. I love the fact that they are on the same team. Seriously.
- I read somewhere (I am fairly sure it was in last weeks Nascar Scene) that Greg Zipadelli’s contract does NOT expire in 2009 when Tony’s does. Granted in the same article it did mention that Zipadelli does have a clause in his contract that he can get out of his contract if Tony leaves JGR.
- Tony has repeatedly said that there is nothing “broken” over at JGR- that he is just entertaining the offers. He would be stupid not to. Its got to be a huge ego boost to know that there are other teams out there who want you- and tell you what they will do to get you. It’s creating positive press for Tony. No one is harping on his hair, or his negative comments about tires — instead it’s all about who wants him. Hell, I wouldn’t mind it if people were vying over me at work. It would make me feel pretty damn good.
- Along the same lines…have you noticed Tony has been finished fairly regularly in the top 10 so far this season? He has come close several times to winning. Yeah I am pretty sure there is nothing broken there. I think it would be fairly hard to leave a winning team.
As my friend just said via email: “I don’t understand your angst…you know he will continue, why sweat who it is for?” And in all honestly she is right. I will be a Tony fan no matter who he drives for, no matter what make of car he drives (hell he could be out there on a John Deere and I would cheer for him).