Childress looking at options with No. 27 car charter, driver possibilities

Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires

By Jerry Jordan, Editor
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – With the 2017 NASCAR season coming to a close there is a lot of speculation about what Richard Childress will do with the open seat and charter for the No. 27 car.

During Monster Energy Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, Childress told Kickin’ the Tires he wasn’t exactly sure what his plans were for his third team, which is being vacated by Paul Menard.

“We haven’t finalized it yet,” Childress said. “We’re still talking about two or three things and haven’t finalized it.”

Asked if the hold-up was a driver or sponsor and Childress said, “it depends on what comes first.”
There has been a lot of speculation that Childress could sell or lease the charter he currently holds for the No 27 car but he was non-committal.

“No, I haven’t offered it,” he said. “One person has asked me and I told them, ‘I don’t know.’ Right now, I don’t have a plan to sell it.”

Another prospect was whether or not a driver with limited financial backing – in the neighborhood of $2 million to $3 million – could find their way into the car. It’s not likely.

“It will take more than that,” Childress said. “A lot more than that. I am just not going to do that. I don’t plan on it anyway. I have talked to a lot of people. There are a lot of good young drivers out there and I have talked to several of them.

“We are trying to put some different things together; hopefully before Daytona.”

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