Based upon how it's turned out, this has been a pretty mild and tame Sprint Cup season in terms of driver movement and drivers entering the series -- the so-called silly season.
Nobody has bolted in from Formula 1, like
We've had Danica-watch to get our motors running this year. There were hundreds, maybe thousands, of stories written on the possibility of her leaving for Cup, or maybe moving to Chip Ganassi's IndyCar team and driving part time in the Nationwide or Truck Series in preparation for a full fledged NASCAR career down the road.
What we have been left with is
This silly season has been an anomaly. Don't worry, it's not going to continue into 2010. How do I know? Because it's already started.
Kyle Busch and
Gibbs already has a competitor for Busch in US F1, the Charlotte, N.C.-based team that will begin competing in Formula 1 next season.
Windsor is serious. It's not a publicity ploy. He's had several meetings with Busch's representatives at Cary Agajanian's Motorsports Management International and they're willing to listen. Are they sold on the idea? Sources say no, but they want him to do some testing next summer to see if he likes the cars. The door is open for Busch to move into F1.
US F1 will undoubtedly test Busch and make its own evaluation. Remember when
The Gibbs reaction to Windsor's comments was to put a lid on it. Busch didn't speak out on the subject at the race that week at Martinsville. A Gibbs' spokesman announced that it wouldn't address the issue beyond what Busch had said in February, when his name surfaced during US F1's launch announcement.
"It's definitely something I wouldn't shoot down," Busch said then. "If I could win a championship in the next two or three years, I wouldn't mind doing [F1] for a few years. I'd still be young enough to win a [NASCAR] championship by 25, run Formula One for a few years and be back here by 28."
Meanwhile, Harvick, according to multiple sources, had hoped to leave RCR this year, but is being held to the final year of his contract. He has made only one public comment about it, hinting he would be leaving in a television interview several weeks ago.
Before the race at Lowe's Motor Speedway a few weeks ago, teammate
"It is a stressful situation for he and
"I think everybody is behaving in a very professional manner and everybody is understanding that Kevin has a year left on his contract and he's going to do everything in his power to do the best job for RCR. RCR is going to do everything in their power to do the best job for him. Things change. Kevin may look around in eight months, 10 months from now and say you know what, things have really changed here and this is the place that we're going.
"By his [television] interview, he [Harvick] indicated that wasn't going to happen, but you never know. The reality of it is, if you lose a driver the caliber of
The foundation for an interesting off-track summer is there. Let's see: Harvick to Stewart-Haas and Busch with offers from US F1 and RCR. Maybe none of it will happen in the end, but it sure looks interesting.