It certainly has been a busy week in the world of NASCAR. Sometimes is seems like there is more action off the track than on it.
Bubba Wallace announces that he’ll be leaving RPM after the 2020 season
So, now that Bubba Wallace is the most famous driver in all of NASCAR and has brought in millions of dollars in new sponsorship deals, what’s his next step? To start with, he’ll be in a new ride next year. The driver currently sitting in 23rd place in the standings announced that he intends to leave RPM at the end of the season. Does this mean we’ll see him in the #42 car of Chip Ganassi? It seems very likely.
Jimmie Johnson inks deal with Chip Ganassi Racing for IndyCar
The seven time NASCAR Cup Champion announced a deal with Chip Ganassi’s IndyCar program. As his final season winds down in a less than glorious fashion, Johnson has stated that he would like to continue racing and has spent some time behind the wheel of an Indy Car. As of now, there are no details, but speculation is that Johnson could run a full road and street program which would have included 11 of the 17 races run this year; though no 2021 schedule details are available yet.
Mike Wallace is suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for social media posts
Mike Wallace has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for the content of social media posts stating that they violated Sections 12.1, 12.8 and 12.8.1.e of the NASCAR Rule Book. While the posts have been removed and Wallace has posted an apology, they can still be found around the web; remember, the Internet is forever! Two of the three posts were re-tweets and in normal times probably wouldn’t have sparked such a backlash, but we all know that these aren’t normal times.
Auto Club Speedway in California to be converted to a 1/2 short track
The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca is a 2-mile D-shaped ovel track which has played host to a single NASCAR race every year since 2011. Attendance for the races has been an ongoing problem as many races have been anything but exciting. With the recent sale to International Speedway Corporation (ISC) which became a division of NASCAR via a merger, plans are in the works to convert the facility to a 1/2 mile short track in hopes of more exciting racing and stronger attendance numbers.
Still time left
With nine races left in the 2020 season, there is plenty of time left for more drama. Any guesses as to what happens next? Where does Bubba end up? Which driver will take home the championship?