Why is Ty Dillon not part of JTG-Daugherty conversation?
Silly season rumors are nothing new in NASCAR. Some make perfect since given the facts and reasonable possibilities available at the time, but some just seem completely off-the-wall. And when dominos fall into place, some of the off-the-wall speculation proves true while some of the more reasonable rumors are totally off, and vice versa.
Some of the 2016-2017 silly season rumors are swirling around the possibility of an expanded JTG-Daugherty Racing. Powers that be with that race team are hinting at the possible addition of a second team to join the No. 47 team of driver A.J. Allmendinger. Until Monday, that rumor was tied to the rumor-turned-fact of Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing parting ways. Previous speculation had Biffle departing RFR and heading over to JTG-Daugherty to drive that second possible entry.
The separation of longtime companions Biffle and Roush Fenway was made official Monday. But also on Monday, Biffle killed the rumor of him joining JTG-Daugherty Racing, confirming on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he spoke with officials at JTG-Daugherty but that organization wasn’t the right one for him. Actually, Biffle hasn’t even really confirmed for certain that he’d even be racing next season.
With the speculation of Biffle at JTG-Daugherty Racing put to rest, another name has entered the rumor mill for that possible second JTG-Daugherty ride — Chris Buescher. Speculation no has Buescher possibly in the ride, on loan from Ford.
Really!?! A driver on loan to a Chevrolet team from Ford? Call me crazy, but that sounds like outlandish speculation to me. In 2016, Buescher was on loan, so-to-speak, to Front Row Motorsports from Roush Fenway Racing, but that was a loan involving two Ford teams with a technical alliance.
Again, some of the most outlandish rumors are the ones that sometime prove true, so I guess stranger things haven happened. But there’s a name that keeps popping up in my head for this possible second JTG-Daugherty Racing car that, for the life of me, isn’t coming up — Ty Dillon.
Maybe I’m missing something here, but Dillon at JTG-Daugherty in 2017 has made more sense, ever since the talk of a second JTG-Daugherty Racing ride came to light. No, I didn’t just start thinking of Dillon after Biffle’s comments Monday, a possible Dillon/JTG-Daugherty pairing has made perfect sense to me for awhile, now.
Follow me on this.
Dillon has said that he fully expects to be a full-time Sprint Cup driver next year, but there’s been no word of a Richard Childress Racing expansion. You know, that RCR organization owned and operated by Dillon’s grandfather, Richard Childress?
So where would Dillon expect to get this full-time Cup ride? Wouldn’t the assumption be a team that has an alliance with Richard Childress Racing? Makes sense to me. Enter JTG-Daugherty Racing and Leavine Family Racing.
No offense intended to Leavine Family Racing, but I’d consider JTG-Daugherty the better race team. Sure, Dillon ran a partial schedule for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing in 2016, but wasn’t that through a deal already in place between Childress and Joe Falk, the Circle Sport half of Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing? Well, that team split at 2016 season’s end, so Falk is no longer associated with Leavine Family Racing.
That leaves JTG-Daugherty Racing.
I could be wrong, but Dillon, a Chevy driver with the strongest-possible ties to RCR, makes more sense at JTG-Daugherty Racing, a Chevrolet team with an RCR alliance, than Chris Buescher, a Ford driver who would be on loan from a different manufacturer.
But that’s just me.