There are 10 races remaining in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season.  As the summer months approach, the NASCAR Silly Season begins; only this year the silly season got started even before the season began when M&M/Mars announced that the 2022 season would be their final season as a major sponsor for the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch. 

It just so happens that Kyle Busch is also in his final year of his contract.  While details on whether Busch will stay with Joe Gibbs Racing and the number 18 car are still unclear; David Wilson of Toyota has stated that “it would be unacceptable” to let the two time Cup Series champion leave.

Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Martin Truex Jr who drives the number 19 car also has a future up in the air.  Truex himself has expressed some uncertainty when it comes to his future with JGR and as a Cup Series driver.  Truex just recently made his 600th Cup Series race start.

While Ty Gibbs is a rookie as a full time driver in the Xfinity Series; he is also the grandson of his car owner Joe Gibbs.  Gibbs is a talented but aggressive driver who has already had his share of the headlines.  It is a foregone conclusion that the young Gibbs will end up driving in the Cup Series for his grandfather; the only question is how soon and in which car.

It took 195 starts for Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez to win his first race; and that day finally came on June 12 at Sonoma Raceway on the 1.99 mile road course when he crossed the finish line in the number 99 car.  An exuberant Suarez says that he has found a home with car owner Justin Marks and Trackhouse Racing. 

This season marks the first year that Trackhouse Racing has fielded more than one car.  In 16 races Trackhouse has notched three wins – one from Suarez and two from Ross Chastain in the number one car.

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola announced at the beginning of the season that this would be his final year in the number 10 car.  The father of two said that he wants to spend more time with his young family.

Stewart-Haas Racing has yet to make any announcements about who will take over the driving duties in the number 10 car beginning next season.

After losing his ride with Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of last year, Kurt Busch signed a multi year contract with 23XI Racing where he has already won a race this season.  Now in his 40’s and a veteran of over 20 years, rumours are abound over when the elder Busch brother will hang up the helmet.

Two time Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick drives the number eight car for Richard Childress Racing.  His contract is up for renewal soon but he has yet to win a race for RCR.