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Silly Season '06: Who's in, out and still looking(Part 1)

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    Silly Season '06: Who's in, out and still looking
    Ryan McGee / FOXSports.com
    Posted: 1 day ago

    Is it just me, or is this season's Silly Season even sillier than normal? Perhaps it's because we have guys trying to wriggle their way out of current contracts for their '07 rides. Or perhaps it is being caused by the same bizarre supernatural forces that have brought us this onslaught of natural disasters and bad Hollywood movies.
    Regardless, it is an awful lot of information to try and process for even the most hardcore NASCAR fan.

    But once again, who's got your back? That's right. FOXSports.com on MSN, here with a Cliffs Notes version of Silly Season 2005. So print this out and post it on your office bulletin board for quick reference when your buddies call and ask you where Sterling Marlin is going to end up next year.

    But don't keep it up too long. This stuff changes nearly every day.


    Set in stone

    Who:
    Mark Martin
    Where:
    #6 AAA Ford, Roush Racing
    When:
    2006
    Martin was finally — and reluctantly — announced as the driver of the No. 6 Taurus for 2006 after much speculation and his much bally-hooed "Salute to You" retirement tour. AAA comes on board to replace Viagra. Martin still plans to run a limited truck schedule next season and will be replaced by current Roush NCTS ace Todd Kluever. But wait, you are saying yourself right now, I thought Jamie McMurray was going to take over the No. 6? We'll sort all of that out a little further down in the column.


    Who: Sterling Marlin
    Where:
    No. 14 Chevrolet, MB2 Motorsports
    When:
    2006
    Marlin's move was announced Wednesday morning by MB2 Motorsports, who also fields Joe Nemechek's No. 01 U.S. Army Chevy. The car is without a sponsor right now, but team GM Jay Frye says a deal is nearly done. Marlin will wear No. 14 in honor of his father, Coo Coo, a former NASCAR star who passed away earlier this year. This car is currently known as the No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet driven by Scott Riggs, but Riggs is leaving at season's end and taking the car number and sponsor with him. Where? Read on...
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    Who: Scott Riggs
    Where:
    No. 10 Valvoline Dodge, Evernham Motorsports
    When:
    2006
    Riggs was the big winner in this year\'s version of musical chairs. How else would a guy who has scored only six top 10s in 60-plus races end up in one of NASCAR\'s hottest garages? Evernham expands to three cars — Riggs, Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield — just in time for NASCAR\'s as-yet determined car owner limits, expected to be set at three.


    Who: Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Casey Mears
    Where:
    No. 40 Coors Dodge, No. 41 Target Dodge, No. 30 Home 123 Dodge, Chip Ganassi Racing
    When:
    2006
    When Chip Ganassi chose not to renew with Sterling Marlin for 2006, it opened up a wild seat shuffle back at the shop. Youngster Sorenson replaces Marlin in the Silver Bullet while fellow Busch ace David Stremme moves into the Target car. The current resident of the No. 41 is Mears, who stays with Ganassi in the newly-created No. 30. More on teammate Jamie McMurray a little later...


    Who: Clint Bowyer
    Where:
    No. 07 Jack Daniels Chevy, Richard Childress Racing
    When:
    2006
    Bowyer replaces Dave Blaney, a likable guy who has never caught on in Nextel Cup. Bowyer moves up from RCR\'s Busch program, where he is once again contending for the title thanks to a win at Memphis last weekend. Blaney is reportedly in talks with owner Cal Wells about the No. 32 Tide Chevy.

    Not official, but might as well be

    The ride:
    No. 0 Net Zero Chevy, Haas-CNC Racing
    The rumored:
    Jeff Green
    Green comes over after two very generic seasons in the Petty family\'s No. 43 Dodge, hoping to rekindle the magic with crew chief Harold Holly. Green and Holly won the 2000 Busch Series title and finished second in NBS points in 1999 and 2001.

    The ride: No. 98 Texas Instruments Chevy, Hall of Fame Racing
    The rumored:
    Tony Raines
    Pro Football Hall of Fame QB\'s Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman have spent the summer sifting through driver resumes for their Joe Gibbs Racing-supported race car. Everyone from Ward Burton to Champ Car ace Paul Tracy was linked to the car at one time or another, but Raines is expected to be announced as the driver when the series visits the Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.
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    Who: Scott Riggs
    Where:
    No. 10 Valvoline Dodge, Evernham Motorsports
    When:
    2006
    Riggs was the big winner in this year's version of musical chairs. How else would a guy who has scored only six top 10s in 60-plus races end up in one of NASCAR's hottest garages? Evernham expands to three cars — Riggs, Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield — just in time for NASCAR's as-yet determined car owner limits, expected to be set at three.


    Who: Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Casey Mears
    Where:
    No. 40 Coors Dodge, No. 41 Target Dodge, No. 30 Home 123 Dodge, Chip Ganassi Racing
    When:
    2006
    When Chip Ganassi chose not to renew with Sterling Marlin for 2006, it opened up a wild seat shuffle back at the shop. Youngster Sorenson replaces Marlin in the Silver Bullet while fellow Busch ace David Stremme moves into the Target car. The current resident of the No. 41 is Mears, who stays with Ganassi in the newly-created No. 30. More on teammate Jamie McMurray a little later...


    Who: Clint Bowyer
    Where:
    No. 07 Jack Daniels Chevy, Richard Childress Racing
    When:
    2006
    Bowyer replaces Dave Blaney, a likable guy who has never caught on in Nextel Cup. Bowyer moves up from RCR's Busch program, where he is once again contending for the title thanks to a win at Memphis last weekend. Blaney is reportedly in talks with owner Cal Wells about the No. 32 Tide Chevy.

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