Kyle Larson to Stewart-Haas Racing? Tony would love that.
Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson both share an equal passion for dirt track racing. Specifically, sprint car racing.
The silly season is on full-swing. At the end of the 2017 season, Kyle Larson will need to find a new ride or re-sign with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Each of them are regular competitors in the dirt sprint car ranks. Each of them also own their own sprint car racing teams. Stewart owns Tony Stewart Racing while Larson is the owner of Larson Marks Racing.
On paper, it makes sense these two would share a perfect partnership in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Tony Stewart is co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. He has 4 seats available in the MENCS. Tony was asked why he doesn’t have Kyle in one of those 4 seats?
The Stewart-Haas Racing owner responded, “I would love to have him. You need to ask him that question.”
At the same time, that response gives me some questions about the future of Stewart-Haas Racing. Is Tony implying he will have an open seat at Stewart-Haas? It’s been rumored that Danica Patrick is going to retire from NASCAR. There hasn’t been retirement rumors from Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer or Kurt Busch. So is the #10 car open in 2017?
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In April of this year Larson spoke on his contact with Autoweek. What are his plans for 2017? Larson stated, “Oh, I’d have to talk to Chip, I guess, before I came out in public about anything that serious. So I won’t talk about anything like that because I don’t even know if I’m allowed to or not. I know Jamie is very secretive about all his stuff. But I don’t know.”
Kyle Larson is on fire in 2017. Kyle Larson is in his 5th year of competition in the NASCAR Cup Series. He went winless in the first 3 years. In 2016, he picked up his first win. Now, in 2017, he already has 2 wins. Most recently, last week at Michigan International Speedway.
It’s been rumored that Rick Hendrick has expressed interest in signing Kyle Larson to Hendrick Motorsports. As Dale Earnhardt Jr is set to retire, there’s a very competitive ride available, the #88.
Now, Tony Stewart has publicly expressed interest in signing him.
There’s a lot of interest in Kyle Larson. It’s still unsure where he will land in 2017. Right now, Chip Ganassi Racing has better equipment than they’ve had in a long time. It would be a bold move to leave a good thing.
Author: Shane Walters