While 95% of media coverage this week in #NASCAR is the Championship 4 (unfortunately), there are many other stories including drivers, teams and sponsors saying goodbye or potential goodbyes.
As it stands right now going into the final Cup Series Race of 2018 we could be seeing the last of Jamie McMurray in a full time capacity in the Cup Series. Jamie hasn’t committed on his future plans but Chip Ganassi has offered Jamie a DAYTONA 500 Ride and a Management Role At Chip Ganassi Racing.
Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus:
While Jimmie and Chad arnt leaving #NASCAR, they are splitting up after more than 600 races together. Lowes who has sponsored Jimmie Johnson his whole #NASCAR Cup Series carrer is leaving after this season.
Matt Kenseth who we thought had retired at the end of 2017 after getting shuffled out of his JGR ride came back to #NASCAR in a part time schedule in mid season with Roush Fenway Racing sharing the #6 Ford with Trevor Bayne. NBC Sports Parker Kligerman reported that he spoke with Matt about the future and Matt expressed how he enjoyed his time off last winter and doesn’t think he wants to return next season to racing.
Elliott Sadler former Cup Series Driver and Veteran announced this summer that he would be stepping away and retiring after the 2018 Xfinty Series season. Elliott Sadler who is a #NASCAR Cup Series Veteran who has finished out his racing career in the #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with KHI, Xfinty Series with KHI, JGR and most recently JR Motorsports. Elliott Sadler has hopes of ending his career with a #NASCAR championship but unfortunately came up short in the last round of the Playoffs.
Elliott has expressed an interest in coming back for a one off race with JR Motorsports “If it would help the organization and sponsorship for JR Motorsports.”
“A.J. Allmendinger has been a valuable asset to the growth of our company, and we are grateful for his professionalism with our brands and the passion he has shown for this race team over the years,” team co-owner Tad Geschickter said in a statement. “As hard as it may be, we’re moving in a different direction for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and will be parting ways at the end of this season. It’s not an easy decision and change is never easy.
“We wish him the very best in his endeavors and he will always be family to us.” -JTG-D Racing.
Ryan Preece, a former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and two-time winner in the Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing, has been mentioned as the most likely successor to Allmendinger in the No. 47 Chevrolet.
Furniture Row Racing rides off into the sunset:
We documented earlier this week in their own separate post on Furniture Row Racing's final race before they cease operations after the 2018 season.
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