Published on June 24th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith0
The AP is reporting more on Mark Martin replacing Casey Mears in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevy next season.
Mears, who is having a disappointing season with the exception of finishing fifth at Infineon Raceway, still has one year left on his contract, but he may be out at the end of the season if he doesn’t improve.
Rumored to take his place is Mark Martin, who currently splits seat time with Aric Almirola in Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s No 8 Chevy. The plan is to have Almirola in that ride full time next year.
Martin could split the No. 5 seat with Brad Keselowski, driver of JR Motorsports’ No. 88 Chevy in the Nationwide series. This is intriguing but, seems like a bad idea. I think that Keselowski should get at least one more full Nationwide season under his belt before making the jump.
Keep in mind that several rumors have been surrounding Martin’s future as well. He was rumored to be splitting a Red Bull Racing ride with Scott Speed next year. I believe Speed denied that report on Wind Tunnel on SpeedTV, but I’m not 100% sure.
I hate to say it, but I think Martin should just retire. But, if he doesn’t want to, he could stay and work with Regan Smith or Paul Menard over at DEI. Those two teams struggle and maybe they need someone who can help them the same way Mike Skinner helped AJ Allmendinger.