If the rumors are true, the guy on the short end of the stick if Busch moves to the 1 car is veteran Jamie McMurray, another veteran. While McMurray has won some of the biggest races in NASCAR through his career, he is in a career downslide.This season, McMurray has only one top-5 finish, four top-10 finishes and sits 22nd in the standings. Compared to his teammate Kyle Larson, who sits eighth in the standings and has contended for wins regularly, that doesn’t fly in today’s NASCAR.
As far as McMurray’s future, I don’t see any of the top teams having the room or desire to pick him up at this stage in his career, but he may be able to find a mid-range or smaller team who are looking for a veteran to help them improve, like Kasey Kahne did when he moved to the 95 this year.
Getting back to the 41 car, SHR Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer is one of the young guns looking to move up to the Cup series and compete with the best of the best. He has a long career ahead of him, has shown considerable talent competing in Xfinity, and has a long, successful career ahead of him. There’s little doubt that SHR wants to get him moved up to Cup, the question is how soon, and that is debatable.
2019 is too early, some would say. But I don’t agree with that assumption.
Unless you’re going to lure a major, major name (like Martin Truex Jr.) or lure another young star from another manufacturer (Christopher Bell), Custer is the logical choice for the 41. And in case the thought entered your head, no way they want McMurray if the goal is youth.