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« on: July 16, 2007, 09:29:09 PM »

Just heard on XM that Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer is reporting that Aric Amirola has signed a deal with Ginn Racing for next year.  After how he was treated at Milwaukee by JGR, I say "good for him!"  I think he'll get a lot better mentoring from Mark Martin over there than being an afterthought at JGR.

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007, 08:31:47 AM »

What happened to the Smith kid?
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007, 01:13:08 PM »

What happened to the Smith kid?

I think he's still suppose to be there next, but I believe Joe and Sterling's days are numbered (which is a shame IMHO).

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007, 04:00:48 PM »

That is, if there even is a Ginn Racing next year.  ESPN is reporting that it is in merger talks with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and that the merger could take effect in just a few weeks.  An obvious stumbling block in the talks is that DEI and Ginn have a combined total of six teams in NEXTEL Cup and two of them must be eliminated to comply with new NASCAR rules.
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2007, 08:48:11 PM »

Just saw on Jayski that Sterling and Joe may not race Indy.  Seems like Smith is gonna replace Sterling and Joe may not have a sponsor.  How sad....
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2007, 10:40:57 PM »

looks like this might answer most of our questions...from jayski

Almirola to Ginn in 2008? UPDATE 3: The original post at Motorsports Soapbox has been updated to include the following: Aric Almirola has requested a release from Joe Gibbs Racing, and will move within the next few days to a new position with Ginn Racing, sharing the #01 US Army Chevy with veteran Mark Martin.(Motorsports Soapbox)(7-17-2007)

More on Changes at Ginn; Regan Smith to Drive in Place of Marlin or Nemechek? UPDATE 2: Regan Smith will replace Sterling Marlin in the #14 Chevy at Ginn Racing, starting with the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis, sources confirmed Tuesday. And Joe Nemechek could be out of a ride in the #13 Chevy for Bobby Ginn's team due to a lack of sponsorship. The team doesn't plan to run the car at Indianapolis unless a sponsor is found. Because the Allstate 400 is one of the biggest Nextel Cup events of the season, it's possible to get a one-off sponsor deal just for that race. If that happens, Ginn officials would race Nemechek in the #13. Marlin and Nemechek still are under contract at Ginn, but both drivers have been told they are free to look for opportunities elsewhere.(ESPN.com)(7-17-2007)

for all the hype that bobby ginn brought to the plate when he came in, he is no realizing that is easier to fund a chain of resorts and casinos than it is to pay for a nascar team. if dei and ginn racing merge, i think it might be like chip ganassi racing with felix sabates. ginn will become an investor and silent partner...what are the odds?Huh?

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007, 02:41:48 PM »

I like both Joe and Sterling, but I suppose their d ays in any kind of top ride are numbered. Sad
 And I'm still wondering how Mark fits into all this. It wouldn't suprise me a bit if he is not with Ginn next year.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007, 04:52:02 PM »

If the #13 does not show up for the next Cup race, the Brickyard 400, who gets the final guarantee to race?  Will it be Paul Menard in the #15 due to a merger with DEI or Dave Blaney in the #22 because he drives for the 36th-place team?  Stay tuned!

I feel bad for all three of the veterans at Ginn.  Marlin and Nemechek are definitely done, I think, and even Martin is shaky.  I would hate to see their careers end in this manner.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2007, 06:49:12 PM »

Here's what Jayski has on this today.  It would be great to see Sterling reunited with Morgan-McClure again, but I just don't see that team having the resources for either Ward or Sterling to succeed.   Angry

"UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing has granted Aric Almirola his release, allowing the development driver to compete for Ginn Racing in select Nextel Cup and Busch Series races this year. Almirola will still compete for JGR in the five remaining Busch Series races that were a part of his original 2007 racing schedule. In 2008, Almirola’s entire racing slate will come via Ginn Racing.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(7-18-2007)

Marlin to Morgan-McClure? Sterling Marlin may not be without a Nextel Cup ride for long. Late Tuesday a team source at Morgan-McClure Racing, which currently fields the #4 Chevy with veteran Ward Burton, said that officials there are in discussions with Marlin for a possible second team.(Cup Scene Daily)(7-18-2007)."

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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2007, 07:05:28 PM »

If the #13 does not show up for the next Cup race, the Brickyard 400, who gets the final guarantee to race?  Will it be Paul Menard in the #15 due to a merger with DEI or Dave Blaney in the #22 because he drives for the 36th-place team?  Stay tuned!

gee, simple logic would say that it goes to the next available car.  but the entire situation just proves that under the current rules package, upstart teams have no chance of making it

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2007, 08:45:18 PM »

Marlin to Morgan-McClure? Sterling Marlin may not be without a Nextel Cup ride for long. Late Tuesday a team source at Morgan-McClure Racing, which currently fields the #4 Chevy with veteran Ward Burton, said that officials there are in discussions with Marlin for a possible second team.(Cup Scene Daily)(7-18-2007)."

As much as I'd love to see it, Morgan McClure can barely keep one team/car funded. How the heck will they do two? If they do it somehow, they certainly have my support and appreciation for having two "good old drivers" in their fold.

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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2007, 10:52:18 PM »

Claire had Mr. McClure (from Morgan/McClure) on her show tonight and he said he has not talked to Sterling in over a year.  So I'd say any rumor about Sterling going over there are just wishful thinking by someone.  Unfortunately...

Joe Nemechek was just on Claire's show as well and he said he and Sterling are still technically "on the payroll" but are free to pursue other opportunites.  Sounds like he's working hard to find a sponsor for his own Busch team (that has enjoyed a lot of success in the past). 

This just stinks for Sterling and Joe.... Cry  Both are proven winners, but I can't believe they have had the same equipment that Martin has been given this year.

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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2007, 04:49:25 PM »

Claire had Mr. McClure (from Morgan/McClure) on her show tonight and he said he has not talked to Sterling in over a year.  So I'd say any rumor about Sterling going over there are just wishful thinking by someone.  Unfortunately...

Well, I didn't start it, but I could have.  After all, many of Marlin's best years were at Morgan-McClure, including the Daytona 500 in 1994 and '95.  A reunion might have been good for him.
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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2007, 06:00:45 PM »

He had a few significant wins with Morgan-McClure, but had his most consistent success in 2001-2002.  He damn near won the championship in 2002 while driving in a Dodge for Ganassi.  He was leading the points in September when he was collected in two wrecks that resulted in him breaking his neck and having to sit out the rest of the season.  I'd say if that hadn't happened, TS would only be a one-time champion.   Wink

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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2007, 06:15:16 PM »

You are correct about that, Cheryl. Sterling was on a tear in 2002. I saw him win a Las Vegas that year.
 But I don't understand the crack about the equipment and Mark. While Joe N and Sterling are good drivers and fine fellas, they are not in Mark's class as a driver. Smiley
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