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With NASCAR filing into the suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, in particular the Texas Motor Speedway, there is a very hot rumor flowing out of the the Sprint Cup garage area. It appears that the “hot rumor” of the week is that there may be a possibility that Chip Ganassi could sell his NASCAR Sprint Cup team to John Menard!
Menard is the billionaire, and current owner of the Midwestern area home improvement chain of stores, Menards. Menard is also the father, and current sponsor, of Richard Childress Racing’s # 27 Menard’s Chevy, driven by Paul Menard.
John Menard is no stranger to being a race car owner, no, far from it. Back in the 1980’s and 90’s, John Menard owned, and operated, an Indy Car race stable of two to three race cars. One of his most famous drivers from the Indy Car circuit is none other than “Mr. Three-Time”, Smoke. You might know him better as the one driver who hates drivers who block, he who never blocks at any race track, not even last year at Talladega, Tony Stewart!
Of the sport’s top eight team owners, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing this season ranks seventh in finishes. Of particular disappointment is Montoya, who is averaging a 27th place finish; Montoya’s last top-10 was at Michigan last June, and his last tour win was at Watkins Glen in the summer of 2010. McMurray’s seventh at Martinsville last weekend was his best finish in over a year!
If this deal comes to pass, it could be a very interesting happening. It could be that both McMurray and Montoya might be looking for employment at the end of this season. It could be that Paul Menard moves over to this team, after his very wealthy secures control of this organization to drive for his father in 2014.
This just might be a great garage rumor this week, or this could be something that may come to fruition! After all, John Menard has more money than he really knows what to do with! I’m just sayin”……..
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!