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If Logano is out, Bayne would be a better fit than Busch at JGR

By admin | May 30, 2012

By Richard Allen

One rumor that has made the rounds recently is that Joey Logano may be out at the end of this season as the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota. According to the website and various other sources, the young driver’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current season and there has been little if any talk of him re-signing.

And, it is not exactly a well kept secret that Logano has struggled at the Sprint Cup level despite the fact that he has put up excellent numbers in his JGR Nationwide Series ride. Now one-third of the way through his fourth full season at NASCAR’s highest level, the Connecticut native has posted only one career win along with 14 top-5s and 32 top-10s. Those numbers pale in comparison to teammates Kyle Busch(12-38-56) and Denny Hamlin(15-40-59) in that same time period.

At the end of last season, another rumor was insinuating that sponsor The Home Depot had grown unhappy and was applying pressure to JGR from behind the scenes. In 2012, Logano’s performance has been below what would typically be expected of a driver in that caliber of equipment as he has registered only three top-10 finishes.

With all that said, it would certainly be believable that Logano is on thin ice.

So, who would replace him if he is sent away? Still another rumor has placed often embattled driver Kurt Busch as a possible candidate to move into the potentially open JGR seat and become teammates with his brother.

The question that would have to ring out regarding such a move would be- why? If that hiring has even been remotely considered one would have to wonder if the folks at JGR have been totally oblivious to the past several years of NASCAR history. Who needs all that controversy and anguish?

Trevor Bayne would be a much better option at JGR than Busch if any change is made there. Not only has he shown that he can win, but he exhibits many of the same personality qualities that the owner of the organization demonstrates.

Like Joe Gibbs, Bayne is an unashamed Christian who occasionally speaks at conferences and has gone on mission trips. His behavior has been exemplary while in NASCAR and an expletive laced radio tirade has never been played back(or rather bleeped back) on a racing highlight show.

Now that’s not to make judgment on Kurt Busch’s spiritual condition but instead to point out that he has had his less than exemplary moments.

But every bit as important as Bayne’s behavior is his ability to drive a race car. He won NASCAR’s biggest event in only his second Sprint Cup start and has also won on the Nationwide Series when last year he held off the likes of Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski in Texas.

And nowadays in NASCAR, how well a driver can represent his sponsors is just as important as how well he can drive a car. Bayne is intelligent and well spoken.

If indeed the #20 becomes available in the near future, there directions JGR can go other than just handing the keys over to a guy that will without doubt cause them to deal with controversy at some point, probably sooner rather than later.

As an east Tennessean, I would love to see Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne get a chance in a fully funded, fulltime Sprint Cup ride such as this.

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18 Responses to “If Logano is out, Bayne would be a better fit than Busch at JGR”

  1. Tyler West Says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    It’s a shame he’s getting jerked around at Rousch. For some reason Rousch has never really been able to keep his NNS cars funded without running nothing but cup guys in them. I know sponsors are hard to come by but really……..come on. Bayne is wasting time at Rousch.

  2. Gene Says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    After last year’s big win in the 500, figured sponsors would flock to Bayne’s aid. The win was huge, but his infectious attitude is just as huge. The fact that this sponsor’s dream could not land a sponsor shows the sad state that nascar is in.

  3. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Please,Rich, I beg you and East Tennessee for mercy on the fact Trevor Bayne and Full Time need to come in to the same sentence, Mikey stiffed Trevor, Fenway’s Just Playin’ and I WANT TREVOR IN CUP! End of Story.

  4. Newt Says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Bayne or Kurt would be fine with me. Just keep Joey in Nationwide for a while.

  5. Joe Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 3:44 am

    @Tyler Roush has a long history of bringing up young and talented drivers just to say “meh” and drop them

    Erik Darnell, Danny OQuinn, Todd Kluever(the previous two are former ROTY in Trucks and NNS) Pete Shepherd, Travis Kvapil(hes not young but he did a bitchin’ job in the trucks)

  6. Jeff Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I hear that Home Depot is headed to Stewart/Hass Racing next season.

  7. Lydia Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 6:24 am

    It’s a shame Logano hasn’t caught on to driving the Cup cars….I’ve always found it odd he can drive the wheels off a Cup lite car but can’t seem to grab hold of the Cup cars. Its strange, but he’s not the only driver who has an aversion to the big league cars. Bayne did win Daytona..great drive…but kind of a crap shoot. He does show promise in Cup..but will the sponsor again wait on an unproven talent? (I know he won Daytona..again crapshoot.) Do I think Kurt is suddenly going to a sponsors dream? Not on your life! Do I cringe when I hear his outbursts? For sure! Is Kurt a great talent? No doubt! I find Busch polarizing..maybe not for the right reasons..but he gets my attention on and off the track. If Gibbs and a sponsor can take Kurt as he is..and Kurt can at least curtail using his car as a weapon..I say Gibbs should go for it!

  8. Webb Racing 97 Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I would like to see Kurt Busch in the Home Depot #20. As a Christian, I do not judge others behaviors. Lets face the facts, Kurt is a proven winner, has taken Phoenix Racing to a level of intensity like they have never seen before, and could easily put the 20 car back in the championship hunt. I like Trevor Bayne, he is an upstanding young man and a talent, but lets face the facts too that it is not as hard to win a restrictor plate race as it is at any other track.

  9. Jay Byrd Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This may seem a bit snarky, but please don’t take it that way - it’s just what the facts say. As Cup driver, Trevor Bayne so far has only accomplished half of what Derrike Cope managed to accrue - two Cup career wins. Both Cope and Bayne literally have stumbled into a high profile Daytona 500 win. Bayne needs more experience before stepping into a Cup seat if the examples of other young driving phenoms over the last fifteen or so years are of any value.

    And on the religion issue, I should probably let that one alone

  10. Brian Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Home Depot going to SHR? That’s something interesting to ponder, I can’t help but wonder would SHR bring back the “old” paint schemes of the 20’s heyday or would [in Tony Stewart fashion] he do things his way?
    I haven’t heard any rumors as to this coming to fruition, and I think SHR has enough sponsors to juggle now. I think the only way right now it’s remotely possible is if the government decides to go ahead with their plan to pull the armed forces sponsorship from all sports. Not to mention a big corporation such as The Home Depot is going to want to be on a winning and successful car for 37 weeks, not just 15 or 16, and the only person @ SHR that has a dedicated sponsor for all of ‘13 is Danica with GoDaddy.

  11. Webb Racing 97 Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 9:57 am

    For as long as I have read your articles, it is fairly obvious fhaf there is nothing Kurt Busch will do right in your eyes. I would like to be the fly on the wall and see how perfect yoh are. I bet you have never been mad, threw a fit, or screamed and yelled. Me and Kurt Busch must be the only people on the planet that get mad. What I am saying is it seems like you have a very unsympathtic soul and as a journalist one would think you would not be so bias. Funny hkw you praise Dale Sr and at fimes he was a mean and nasty racer.

  12. mikeyfan Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 11:02 am

    There is a problem some where with Trevor, He can’t keep sponsors. Hopefully, it’s not his beliefs that are turning sponsors away, but something is. Anyone with is apparent talent and he can’t keep a sponsor in the Nationwide?

    As for Kurt why not, He and his brother get along, Kurt is a proven winner and if this was 20 years ago and he was battling head to head with Earnhardt, there would be no problem Kurt’s problem is Politically correct idiots who call themselves NASCAR Journalist.

  13. mattwrotethis Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Trevor would be the absolute perfect fit at Gibbs.

    How the heck a winner in the Nationwide series, who also has a Daytona 500 win, a few other impressive Cup finishes (including 17th in his first Cup start in Texas, on the lead lap, ahead of the pole sitter and several chase contenders), doesn’t have a sponsor, but drivers who haven’t won in a decade (Bobby Labonte, who is still one of my favorites) and half a decade (Jeff Burton, also still a favorite), do is beyond me. Heck, how Logano still has Home Depot with his single lucked-into rain-out win to his credit is a mystery too.

  14. grumpiestoldman Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    KuBu is ready to step back up to good equipment. It’s hard to tell from all the hate the OFF’s spew off…(old fart fans), but Kurt has a huge fanbase. We like him because he isn’t a boring cookie cutter fake like Krazy Kousin Karl. He’s real, and he drives with emotion.

  15. Mike Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Stenhouse >>>>>> Bayne.

  16. Offkilter Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Webb racing, so is the writer of this article supposed to avoid the obvious and print untuths about kurt? He screws up constantly on track and off. Like him and defend him all you want, but if the other 40′or so drivers acted like kurt, there would be no credibility to the cup circuit or no racing period because the sponsors would jump off of that train wreck. Rich actually made points about kurt without throwing him under the bus imo.

  17. oldnascar Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Kurt Bush and HOME DEPOT would not be a good fit.
    Remember Home Depot got after Tony and his atitude.
    I dont think Home Depot wants that again with Kurt Bush.

    If Home Depot leave Joe Gibbs then that will be somethink different

  18. Tom Nasella Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Note to Tyler West…..perhaps you shouldn’t go spouting off when you can’t even spell the name right. It makes one look like they don’t really know what they’re talking about. It’s R O U S H, not R O U S C H.