Now, the hottest silly season rumor surrounds the popular No. 88 ride and who’s going to drive it next year.
Sure, it’s been in good hands over the past several seasons, winning races and showing up in the playoffs. And the guy behind the wheel of the No. 88 isn’t too shabby, either: His two consecutive NASCAR championships may not have come in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but he’s got two rings nonetheless.
While nothing’s been officially announced about the future of the No. 88 machine yet, that’s not stopping the rumor mill from churning. Even though many scenarios seem downright made-up, there’s one Toyota driver’s name that continues to surface.
Matt will be in the 88 is my guess why else would @DaleJr be so sure Matt will have a ride next yr.
— steven smith (@ScUbAsTeVe_1315) July 12, 2017
Would love to see Matt in the 88
— Virginia (@junebug116) July 12, 2017
It seems like suddenly everybody’s saying that Matt’s going to race the No. 88 ride next year. Yes, that Matt: the veteran NASCAR champion often seen wearing a black and yellow fire suit who’s driven for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Monster Energy Series. Will he return to JGR alongside new teammate Erik Jones, or will he pilot the ol’ double-eight?
If Matt doesn’t return to JGR next year I think he’s my wildcard to drive the 88 next year.
— ChristianCarver #NFB (@cc49ers) July 7, 2017
Good for Erik. Matt to the 88 now right?
— Swett Proof (@Chris_Swett) July 11, 2017
And, speaking of the No. 88 team, will Matt — according to current team member Junior — join ‘er?
Sounds like Junior would like to see Matt in the 88.
— Mark Salke (@marksalke) July 8, 2017
Despite all the change Silly Season presents, two things are certain: the No. 88 has been a championship-caliber ride with Junior in the mix. And Matt’s a proven champion driver.
How did everybody miss this?!
One thing’s for sure: it’d be a real shock if Matt Crafton didn’t return to the Junior Joiner-led No. 88 Toyota he’s raced for years in the Camping World Truck Series. Matt and Junior have won races and taken the No. 88 to two titles, after all. And, sure, Crafton has raced in Cup — once, as a substitute — but why mess with a good thing?
Lol. So many ppl think he is getting the 88…..
I’ll eat crow if it happens, but Matt isn’t going in the 88. https://t.co/ZdthJRmxf3
— NBTW (@NASCARBTW) July 11, 2017
As for Matt Kenseth? Well, nobody’s really certain yet — where he lands is anybody’s guess. You read some ridiculous things online.