In NASCAR, being #1 is usually a good thing. But, come Tuesday afternoon, the #1 car in all three of NASCAR’s premier series may be vacant.
Let’s begin with the Camping World Truck Series. 2008 champion Johnny Benson occupied the #1 Toyota for Red Horse Racing when the season began. He was running well, sitting in the 7th in points after Texas. Suddenly, the team shut down due to lack of sponsorship. Nobody has taken over the #1 as of yet, and Johnny has been out of a ride ever since Texas.
Onto the Nationwide Series, and this may surprise you. It has been reported by Jayski.com that Mike Bliss, who sits 7th in the Nationwide standings, and Phoenix Racing have parted ways. Bliss has driven the #1 Miccosukee Chevrolet since spring 2008. But now it appears that another car with a #1 on the side may be vacant.
Finally, onto the Sprint Cup Series. So far, it appears that the hex over the #1 car has to do with the 7th place points position. But when you look at the Sprint Cup standings, driver #1 isn’t even in the top 20. Martin Truex Jr. is expected to stay in the #1 ride for the remainder of the 2009 season. However, he is expected to make an announcement tomorrow that he will be moving to Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2010 season, leaving all #1 cars vacant.
It is true what they say, after all. 1 is the loneliest number.