The spinning tire that is known as silly season in NASCAR is in full swing with two retiring drivers, one team shutting down, and an uncertain future for others.
Xfinity Series driver Elliott Sadler and Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne have already announced their impending retirements at the end of the season.
Last weekend it was revealed that Monster Energy Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray would not be returning to the Chip Ganassi number one car next season.
McMurray has been offered the opportunity to drive the number one car in the 2019 Daytona 500 and a managerial position within Chip Ganassi Racing.
Furthermore, the futures of Kurt Busch and Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez are unclear.
But the biggest news to come out of the NASCAR newsroom is that the car owner for the reigning Monster Energy Cup Series champion is shutting down its operation at the end of this season. Furniture Row Racing is a one car team who unlike the majority of team owners does not make its home in North Carolina, but calls Denver, Colorado home.
Despite having the current champion Martin Truex Jr as its driver, team owner Barney Visser states that be has been unable to secure sufficient funding to run the team next season. It takes between $15 and $20 million per season to operate a competitive team in NASCAR.
Visser had a heart attack just two weeks before the end of the season last year, and while he said that he feels great; health issues must also be taken into consideration.