On Wind Tunnel (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on SPEED), Dave Despain and co-host Mike Joy discussed a possible Silly Season scenario that would help Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray switch teams in 2006. Tune in next Sunday (Oct. 30) as co-host Kurt Busch talks about his future and interviews guests Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NHRA racer Gary Scelzi.
Dave Despain: (Kurt Busch to Penske Racing South and Jamie McMurray to Roush Racing) is all supposed to happen a year from now, but nobody was named at Charlotte where they usually have all of the press conferences to drive the 2 car. Now Bobby Labonte is rumored to be going to the 42. Are you hearing anything?
Mike Joy: First, it was Bobby Labonte to the 43.
Dave Despain: Well, yeah, I think that maybe it was a typo. But anyway...
Mike Joy: This is the time of year when people start sending up trial balloons. "Well, maybe if we had Bobby Labonte, this would happen." So that balloon gets floated.
I found very interesting something Ricky Rudd said after qualifying (at Martinsville) because Ricky is in the waning years of his career. He's still a very competitive driver as he showed (on Sunday). Does he want to continue? Is he going to continue if the situation is right?
What would you think if Ricky Rudd was reunited with a former sponsor of his and that became the keystone, the missing piece to the puzzle that would then allow the other dominoes to fall? But I think a lot of things have to happen, as Ricky said, for all this to come together. And I think the first and most important is going to be does he want to drive another year? This is where I get back to seeing all the fun that Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin are having. I think there are a number of fellows out there that are close to Ricky Rudd's age who are saying, "Look at the fun these guys are having in competitive cars. Boy, if I'm competitive, I could have some fun."
Dave Despain: So if Ricky Rudd jumps in the 42, all of the sudden, Jamie McMurray can go to the 97 and Kurt Busch can go to the 2.
Mike Joy: Imagine.
Dave Despain: Wouldn't it be amazing if it all worked out that way? Because, then, you know what we could say? You heard it here first.
Mike Joy: Well, I think you'd eventually hear that there was some strong encouragement from Daytona Beach for something like that to happen because I think it's really good for the sport to move along and have people driving in the cars they want to be in and having the full effect of the resources of the people who are going to put them forward next year and on into the future.