Richard Petty Motorsports’ announcement Friday that it will switch to Chevrolet and partner with Richard Childress Racing in 2018 will help make it a good holiday season for both organizations.
The move continued what has been a long and eventful Silly Season in Cup. And it’s not finished with still some rides remaining.
Here’s a look at where Silly Season stands about two months before cars are back on track at Daytona International Speedway.
ANNOUNCED RIDES FOR 2018
OPEN/POSSIBLY OPEN RIDES
— Nos. 23 & 83: BK Racing has not announced plans for its cars for 2018.
— No. 27: Richard Childress Racing has not announced plans for this car for 2018.
— No. 34: Front Row Motorsports informed Landon Cassill on Oct. 9 that he would not be returning to the team next season. The team has not announced its driver lineup for next season.
— No. 41: Stewart-Haas Racing declined to pick up the option on Kurt Busch’s contract for next year on Aug. 1. Even so, the team tweeted that it expected Busch back with sponsor Monster Energy for next year. Busch said Nov. 29, a day before the Cup Awards in Las Vegas, that he is not too worried about his situation and expects to be with the team. “I think that my best chance to win races and to win championships is to be with Stewart-Haas Racing,’’ he said.
— No. 77: Furniture Row Racing sold the charter to this team. This car will not compete in 2018.
Matt Kenseth: Out of the No. 20 after this season. He does not have plans for 2018.
Kurt Busch: With Stewart-Haas Racing declining to pick up his option for next year, Busch is a free agent. Even with Stewart-Haas Racing’s action, there’s still a good chance Busch signs a deal to remain with the organization.
Danica Patrick: She will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing after this season. Patrick announced Nov. 17 at Homestead that she plans to drive only the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 next year before retiring. She has not completed a deal to run either race so far.
Michael McDowell: Will not return to Leavine Family Racing with Kasey Kahne joining the team next season. Has not announced 2018 plans.
Landon Cassill: Searching for a ride after being informed he will not be back at Front Row Motorsports. He said Oct. 10 that he did not have sponsorship to bring with him at the time.