Handy: Is Brennan Poole Headed to RCR’s in 2018?


Brennan Poole, 26, who currently drives the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series won’t return to that seat next season.

During an interview on Sirius XM Radio Tuesday afternoon, Poole said he wasn’t sure what his 2018 plans were just yet.

“We’ve just been kind of focused on this championship,” Poole said.

Rumor has swirled around Poole possibly heading to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to drive the No. 27 for Richard Childress Racing. That seat will have an opening with current driver Paul Menard heading to the Wood Brother’s No. 21 Ford next season.

RCR is in need for a driver soon if they want to remain a three-car team in NASCAR’s top series. The team will still have drivers Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman in 2018.

Poole is certainly talented and an eligible candidate for the open seat should that opportunity arise. While Poole has zero wins in the NXS he has eclipsed quite the resume even without having visited victory lane yet.

The young driver currently sits sixth in the NXS points standings heading into their next race at Kansas Speedway on October 21. Poole is just 20 points out of the points lead which is currently held by fellow competitor William Byron.

The last two seasons in the NXS have yielded good results for Poole who has earned eight top-five finishes, 32 top-10 finishes, and made the playoffs both years. He earned a career-high second place finish last month at Kentucky Speedway and earned his first NXS pole position at Daytona in July.

Poole is looking forward to continuing to make a run at the NXS Championship and finish out the year strong.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunities that I’ve had. Man, it’s been an outstanding year. We’ve had some great runs, some close calls and really feel like we’re in a position to win this championship. I feel really good about where we’re at and where I’m at as a driver. I’m really excited about closing this year out but about the opportunities, I’m going to have for next year…really looking forward to 2018 and the future and what’s in store for me,” Poole said.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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