By admin | July 8, 2008
By Jayson D. Henry
OK. It’s official now. Mark Martin is going to come out of “retirement” to drive the #5 car full time next year.
Instead of all this waiting around, why not just go ahead and put him in it now? He only drives part time for DEI so it’s not like he has too much to do. It seems to me like it would be fairly easy to pull off.
As I said, he only drives part time so it’s not like he’d be skipping out on a team that’s about to make the Chase.
DEI has already said Aric Almirola will be driving the #8 full time next year. He would be better off getting seat time in the car rather than on top of the pit box. Besides, Army looks like they’re going to be leaving at the end of the year so it’s not like they have a big say if they’re not even sticking around. DEI and Almirola would have a chance to impress other potential sponsors.
On the other side, Hendrick could easily pay off Casey Mears to leave a little earlier. That might even give him a chance to step into a ride somewhere now. Another car owner who might be looking to get rid of the driver he already has could go ahead and do so if he could get Mears to drive for him.
Martin could have half a season to get in and get adjusted to his new team before he makes his run at the championship.
I’m sure Kellogg’s wouldn’t mind. What have got to lose over their current situation?
It looks to me like everybody involved could stand to benefit from going ahead and making the move right now. I know contracts have a lot of fine print but when you have big wheels like Rick Hendrick and DEI who want something badly enough contracts become a little less relevant.
Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.
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