NASCAR rules state that one organization can run up to four full-time cars at a time.
But considering that new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Stewart-Haas Racing receives both chassis and engines from and shares data with fellow four-car juggernaut Hendrick Motorsports, one can argue that this essentially creates an eight-car team.
The SHR/Hendrick alliance picked up 19 victories in 36 races this season, and their teams were among the fastest week-in and week-out.
And in the mind of Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, the time has come to fight fire with fire.
During the lead-up to Monday night’s Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series banquet, Busch declared that JGR and fellow Toyota team Michael Waltrip Racing should join forces in an alliance of their own – in this case, a six-car entity.
The Toyota camp had Busch’s teammate, Denny Hamlin, battle for the Sprint Cup title last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but only got two wins altogether this season. Hamlin triumphed at Talladega and Busch was first at Fontana, but JGR’s Matt Kenseth and both MWR drivers, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers, went winless.
With that level of performance (or lack thereof), Busch may be on to something. To see some of his comments from Monday and hear Kyle Petty’s thoughts on the subject, check out the NASCAR AMERICA clip above.