Mark Martin could be found in the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale, while Casey Mears could move to a Richard Childress Racing Chevy if the pair seek to get a head-start with their new teams ahead of 2009.
Martin, who will replace Mears in the #5 next year, has already tested in the Hendrick car, and Mears says he will test with Gil Martin - his RCR crew chief for next year - next month at Nashville.
However, it's unlikely Mears will get to race with Gil Martin this season, even if Childress fields a car for him at Homestead. This year, Martin is the crew chief for Clint Bowyer, who is seventh in the Chase standings. Mears, who will take over Bowyer's #07 when he moves to the #33 RCR car next season, said he talked to owner Richard Childress approximately one month ago about the possibility of driving a Childress car at Homestead.
“Unless we could do something where I'm going to be with the team that I'm going to be with for next year, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense from the RCR side,” he said. “There's a lot of options of things that I could do, but it doesn't really benefit me. So we've just got to wait and see what actually happens.”
“Honestly, I really don't know just yet. I think there has been some discussion. I actually got a call (Friday) night, talking about what the possibilities might be. Three or four weeks ago, I was under the impression that we're just going to finish the season out, and now we're talking about doing something different towards the end of the year.”
Mark Martin is committed to his current team, Dale Earnhardt Inc., through to the penultimate race of the season at Phoenix.