Well, Mikey has put himself in a position where he has going to have to make a decision, Does he sign someone to drive the 55 next season or does he and his team get their act together and improve their position in the standings. Now for some defense for Michael, he was running well at 'Dega when he got caught up in the second big one and that killed him in the standings, along with his engine exploding at Darlington. However, Mikey started off well and has fallen off bad here lately and that puts him in a postions of where he needs to really improve over the next 5 races and if he can't maybe he should seriously consider stepping down.
As a fan that is hard to say but Mikey made a bold statement at the beginning of the season, to either put up or shut up, and if he doesn't improve he should step down. Now who should he consider putting in the 55 next season if he decides to step down. Well, there are two drivers who come to mind that will be free agents next season.
1. Martin Truex Jr. - Martin is comtemplating leaving DEI and would be a good fit into the 55 car. A strong driver who can help put NAPA back in the winner's circle. Also, with Mikey having signed his brother, that may be just the thing to get Martin to come over. Now you may ask why would Martin consider the 55 Car? Well, all you have to do is look at how well David Reutimann and Marcos Ambrose are running and you know the equipment is there. So I think Martin would consider it. Martin could also be signed even if Mikey runs next season, especially if he brings Bass Pro shop with him. Mikey has room for a 4th car and it would set up Martin running with his brother eventually.
2. Jamie McMurry - Jamie is a free agent and I'm not sure he is happy with the whole Jack Roush situtation. Plus Jamie and Mikey have made a couple of commericals together, food lion, and that may be the interaction that brings these two together. So Don't be surprised if Mikey steps down, Jamie steps in.
NOW FOR THE SURPRISE I MENTIONED IN THE TITLE:
I'm going to catch a lot of grief over this one so hang on.
Tony Eury Jr. will become Michael Waltrips Crew Chief if he is fired at HMS. Now don't laugh. but Mikey and Tony Jr. had a good releationship at DEI and Mikey liked the way he set up his car. So if Tony Eury gets handed his walking papers after the 600 look for him to be in the MWR shop within a couple of days. Booty will be given another assignment within the shop and will remain. But right now Booty can't get the front end of the car to Mikey's liking and that is why Mikey has struggled lately. I know I have maintained Junior would never do anything with Eury Jr as his crew chief, but I don't believe it has anything to do with Tony's ability it has to do with the bickering the two do when in each others company. And I think Tony can keep up with the track if given proper feedback from the driver. But listening to Junior this weekend it's like he expects Tony to read his mind. And that doesn't work. Anyway it would be best for Both I believe if Tony and Junior split.
So you can say you heard it hear first. That if Tony Eury Jr. gets fired he will end up at MWR.