NASCAR silly season.
Its something that can be overwhelming to think about at times, but its also an exciting time in a Cup Series season and has the possibility to change The NASCAR landscape in a new way. While it doesn’t always work out that way and some changes have little to no effect on the sport, there are others that send shock waves through the sport for years to come.
For example, what about the family feud between Dale Earnhardt Jr and Teresa Earnhardt that resulted in Jr leaving his father’s race company to drive for Hendrick Motorsports. There were a lot of factors at play for that one which only made things more intriguing for long time fans, but the most important one is that he wanted control and he wanted to be competitive again.
Dale Earnhardt Jr ultimately got his wish and was a title contender for many years and was paired with one of the best crew chiefs in NASCAR at the time. Unfortunately for Jr, it never resulted in a championship, which could make some believe that it was never really a landscape changer, but fans have to realize that the decision did contribute to DEI closing down years later.
Then there was 2017. A year that saw several top tiered rides up for grabs and a lot of stars looking to fill those rides . In the end, things worked out as bizarrely as one would have hyped, with Alex Bowman taking over Dale Jr’s ride, Xfinity Series Champion, William Byron in the #24 and Matt Kenseth pushed aside for Erik Jones.
If nothing else, those are some of the biggest silly season moves in NASCAR history and yet they seem to pale in comparison to what we have going on now. In fact, with Lowe’s stepping away as Jimmie Johnson’s longtime sponsor, Matt Kenseth and Trevor Bayne competing for seat time and Christopher Bell looking for a place to call his own, this season really ups the ante with silly season.
Here are five Silly season updates that NASCAR fans need to know about!