Now that we all know who will be driving for Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing, the attention moves over to the No. 55 Toyota of Michael Waltrip Racing.
The obvious speculation is that Brian Vickers will drive the No. 55 Toyota in the place of Mark Martin. The only exception would be Talladega where team boss, Michael Waltrip, is schedule to drive the car.
However, the obvious speculation about Denny Hamlin’s replacement was that Vickers or Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide Series teammate Elliott Sadler would get the nod. You can see where everyone went wrong with that as Mark Martin is the driver.
Vickers was scheduled to drive the car for nine races this season sharing the duties with Martin and Waltrip. Now he will be getting an additional three races bring his total to twelve races this season.
It is speculated that Waltrip is looking to hire Vickers next season to drive the No. 55 full-time when Martin retires. Martin said that the driver of the No. 55 in 2014 would be a full-time driver and would not be him.
There aren’t any other candidates out there besides Waltrip himself to drive the No. 55, but time will tell is Waltrip will surprise fans or not!