Despite published reports that Martin Truex Jr. has agreed in principle to a two year extension with Dale Earnhardt Inc., it is now being reported by Jayski that Truex is in talks with Richard Childress Racing to drive his fourth car, the No. 33 sponsored by General Mills.
This is just the latest rumor in the on-going saga with Truex Jr. and DEI. First, it was reported that DEI picked up Truex’s option for 2009. A few days later, it was being reported that Truex was headed to Penske Racing to drive the No. 12 with UPS asa sponsor.
After that, Truex was said to be headed to Stewart Haas Racing. But, i still believed that he would, at the very least, honor his contract with DEI this year. Of course, that was before his team was penalized.
Then, he was said to be finalizing a deal with DEI with Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos; joining Stewart Haas again; agreeing to stay at DEI; denying the reported extension; and fighting with DEI’s Max Siegel.
Now, he’s close to a deal with RCR. With so much stuff being reported and leaked these days, it’s hard to figure out the bull from the reality. So, I’m going to go out on a limb and still say that I think despite being linked to every team (including JR Motorsports last year the day before Dale Earnhardt Jr signed with Hendrick Motorsports) that Truex Jr. will finish his contract out with DEI next season.
After that, who knows? But, I doubt DEI, who has already lost Mark Martin, will give up Truex early.