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Pit PerspectiveJoe Gibbs Racing has had a long relationship with General Motors, from Pontiac to Chevrolet. But with GM right now, they may be third or fourth in line behind Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing and maybe even Dale Earnhardt Inc. From what I've heard, if they go to Toyota, they're going to be at the top of the pecking order. It's hard to say, but they wouldn't make a move without considering Toyota's current struggles. There may be a learning curve for them, but their organization is deep enough and has enough resources so they will make the learning curve a lot shorter for their new manufacturer. The people under the most pressure now are in the shop at Joe Gibbs Racing starting to build Toyotas for 2008. For drivers like Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in lame-duck situations with their teams and Joe Gibbs Racing in a lame-duck situation with its manufacturer, it won't matter because they're so focused on what's in front of them. They always want to be the fastest in practice, lead the most laps, sit on poles and win races. They're always focused on what's in front of them so the drivers shouldn't feel much of an impact at all.
Finish LineDrivers like Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth can do two things:
- They're consistent, running smooth and very similar lap times.
- If they have to find a little bit different line, they can do it.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.