Keselowski to talk to Hendrick about Cup move

dpkimmel2001

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So what do you think? To Stewart Haas, JR Motorsports as a new Cup team, or just part time until the next Hendrick ride opens up? :scratch:

Rick Hendrick said he plans to meet with Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski this week to discuss his plans for moving up to Sprint Cup in 2010. Hendrick mentioned two possible options for Keselowski -- a third car at Stewart-Haas Racing, which is affiliated with Hendrick Motorsports, or a chance to stay at JR Motorsports if Dale Earnhardt Jr. decides to move his Nationwide team to Cup next year. "We're looking at different options with some of our external situations with other teams," Hendrick said Sunday at Infineon Raceway. "I told Brad that I want him to have the best opportunity. If we can't give it to him, then I want him to have the best." Keselowski told reporters at that event that he would love to drive a third Stewart-Haas car next year. Tony Stewart said Friday a third car for his team is a possibility for 2010. Stewart's team is a satellite operation with Hendrick Motorsports, leasing engines from Hendrick. Hendrick also said Earnhardt Jr. is considering moving his Nationwide operation to Cup in 2010. Either way, Keselowski would stay in the Hendrick family, so to speak, if he signed with Stewart-Haas Racing or stayed at JR Motorsports. "Brad wants to do something that is somehow associated with our company," Hendrick said. "We're working on it and hopefully in the next few weeks we'll have something sorted out. He'll be running Cup [in 2010]. Whether he'll be running them all or whether he'll be running 75% of them or what, I don't know."

Rick Hendrick looking at Brad Keselowski's Sprint Cup options
 

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I honestly do not see Jr. moving up to cup... I can't remember what was said a while ago but there was something said that in the rule he wouldn't be able to move his team to cup and still drive for Rick and we all know he is locked in with Rick for 5 years.
 

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I honestly do not see Jr. moving up to cup... I can't remember what was said a while ago but there was something said that in the rule he wouldn't be able to move his team to cup and still drive for Rick and we all know he is locked in with Rick for 5 years.

That's true if he's listed as the car owner. Maybe it'll be Kelley's car? :scratch:
 

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I honestly do not see Jr. moving up to cup... I can't remember what was said a while ago but there was something said that in the rule he wouldn't be able to move his team to cup and still drive for Rick and we all know he is locked in with Rick for 5 years.

Didn't Dale Earnhardt own DEI while he was driving for Childress? Maybe the rule has changed.
 

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They way it is being reported on TMD, the rules have changed. I don't know if this is something that was implemented with the reduction to four cars or not.
 

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I think he might go to Stewart Hass for the time being until Martin leaves... Or some other holding/satalite team.