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These Are the Next Moves in NASCAR Silly Season

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What’s Happening?

NASCAR Silly Season has been kicked into high gear with Martin Truex Jr. stepping away and Gene Haas staying in the sport via the rebranded “Haas Factory Team.” However, these moves only raise more Silly Season questions. Which moves will we see next in Silly Season?

  • Some of these future moves are directly related to the recent announcements. However, some have been in the works for a while, and no one knows when they will be announced.
  • Many people already have a solid idea of how some of these moves will work. On the other hand, others remain relative mysteries.
  • Fans love to follow Silly Season. These moves are the stories fans are watching for, and they are curious to see how everything works out.

Martin Truex Jr.’s Replacement (Chase Briscoe?)

Martin Truex Jr. will not race full-time in 2025 for Joe Gibbs Racing, and his replacement seems all but assured. Multiple reports indicate that Chase Briscoe is the favorite to land this ride. Freddie Kraft claimed on a recent episode of “Door, Bumper, Clear” that an announcement could come as early as next week.

This would make a lot of sense. Briscoe is currently the top driver at SHR, and he’s impressed while in lackluster equipment. Drop him into a top team, and he could reach his full potential.

Charter Acquisitions (Front Row?, Trackhouse?, 23XI?)

Multiple reports have indicated that Front Row, Trackhouse, and 23XI Racing are each set to purchase one of the three SHR charters available. However, the current charter agreement negotiations could put this on hold.

Until a charter agreement, there probably won’t be any announcements on these charters. Yes, Front Row announced they plan to start a third team in 2025, but that announcement did not indicate they officially purchased a charter. Until the charter agreement comes together, these moves won’t happen.

Trackhouse Musical Chairs

With Zane Smith out at Spire Motorsports at the end of the season, Trackhouse has five drivers under contract with maybe three cars available if they purchase a charter. With Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain expected to be back, Trackhouse needs to accommodate Zane Smith and SVG somehow.

Who do they put in the Cup Series? If one driver needs to stay in Xfinity, what does Trackhouse do with Connor Zilisch, a hotshot young prospect? Trackhouse has plenty of tough decisions to make.

SHR Free Agents

With Stewart-Haas Racing rebranding to Haas Factory Team and three charters being sold, the SHR free agents are the ones to watch. Each of these candidates, Noah Gragson, Ryan Preece, and Josh Berry could all end up at Front Row Motorsports. However, The Wood Brothers could have a seat open in 2025 if they release Harrison Burton.

Riley Herbst could go elsewhere, as sources have told us that he could go to 23XI Racing in 2025. Whether that opens up or not is uncertain, but if not, maybe he will stay at Haas for 2025.

What to Do with Corey Heim

Another driver to watch at 23XI Racing is Corey Heim. He will race for 23XI this summer at Nashville on June 30th. However, it’s uncertain how much funding Heim brings with him, so he probably needs some help from Toyota.

He definitely deserves an opportunity in the Cup Series. In his 34 starts since the beginning of 2023, he has 29 top-10 finishes and seven wins. He’s arguably the top prospect in the Truck Series, and Toyota likely doesn’t want to lose out on him like they did with Jesse Love.

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