It already feels a little bit like Christmas.
2017 was the first time in the new playoff formats history that a Chevrolet had failed to make The Final four and compete for the championship. In fact, if you look at the numbers throughout the new four round playoff system that NASCAR implemented in 2014, Chevrolet has five final four playoff appearances, including two championships. Even worse, there were only two Chevrolet in the final eight round of the playoff, with only Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson still eligible to make it to the championship race.
With that being said, Richard Petty Motorsports announced a move to Chevrolet this week and added that RPM and Richard Childress Racing would have a technical alliance as well. Not only is this a great move to make Chevrolet a more competitive threat throughout the season, it also is the perfect jump start for Darrell Wallace Jr, who is taking over for Aric Almirola and really needs some better equipment behind him to have a chance at the playoffs.
“We needed a change, and Chevrolet and RCR clearly saw the immense value of the Petty brand, which I believe is simply the best in the sport , co-owner of RCR, Andrew Murstein,” We hope to combine our best with their best and take it to another level in 2018. … With this new move, and with Bubba (Wallace) coming aboard who is one of the most talented and hottest young drivers in the sport, we couldn’t be more excited about our future. ”
That’s a pretty good good looking future with the likes of Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Darrell Wallace Jr all joining forces to bring a Chevrolet back to The Final Four. In fact, one of the three drivers could probably nab the championship under the right circumstances, especially with Austin Dillon making it to the Elite Eight this season and actually win a race to get there.
In the end, Chevrolet is going to need more of these alliances if they are going to get back into victory lane and the championship conversation. Its not going to be an easy road and they may face a lot of struggles along the way, but with teams like Furniture Row Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing teaming up to create championship caliber teams, more alliances like these are definitely worth looking into.
Here’s to the future! The future of Chevrolet!