Jayski is reporting that Office Depot may be considering moving from Roush Fenway Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing and the 00. There have also been some rumors of UPS moving to Roush to sponsor the 99.
Of course a couple of days ago, Martin Truex Jr. was rumored to be going with Penske Racing with UPS. So, you just never know.
Moving from the 99 and Carl Edwards to the 00 with Michael McDowell seems absurd. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against MWR and McDowell, but come on, Roush is Roush. The only way this would make sense is if UPS offered to pay more to sponsor the 99. Then, heading to the 00 might not be such a bad idea for Office Depot.
Sponsorship may prevent a lot of these rumored deals. Think about it, I’m sure that Kelloggs wants to stay on board with the 5 car. If Tony Stewart were to move to Hendrick Motorsports, do you think for a second Home Depot would not follow him? I believe they would. So, who wins? Kelloggs or Home Depot?
I don’t have an answer. In the end, though, I may be completely wrong. Last year, Budweiser let NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., get away.