LOUDON, N.H. — Stripped of his Chase spot, then his sponsorship, Martin Truex Jr. is now in a hasty scramble to find a ride.
“There’s not a whole lot out there,” Truex said Friday.
But if he can find a funded ride out there, owner Michael Waltrip is willing to let Truex walk.
With NAPA out of the picture, Truex could decide to bolt Michael Waltrip Racing as part of the aftershock of the Richmond scandal that saw him booted out of the Chase. NAPA’s multimillion-dollar sponsorship defection from MWR at the end of the year is just the latest fallout from the team’s attempt to manipulate a race to get Truex into NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
NAPA is Truex’s primary sponsor and in the first year of a three-year extension announced last August. The deal ran through the 2015 season and is believed to be worth at least $15 million a year.
“If he came to me tomorrow and said, ‘I got a deal to go do something,’ then obviously I would not hold him back,” Waltrip said. “But I’d like him to hang around so we can attract a sponsor and keep him in our cars.”
Truex would like to stay at MWR.
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ARCA SERIES: In Sparta, Ky., the 150-mile race at Kentucky Speedway scheduled for Friday was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for today at 1:45 p.m.
SPORTSCAR SERIES: The merged United SportsCar Championship Series will have a 12-race season next year that begins with the Rolex 24 at Daytona and ends in October at Road Atlanta.