I can’t believe there would be a “Part 5” to this ridiculous story, but here it is.
“Aric Almirola told ESPN.com on Thursday he has been contacted by Joe Gibbs Racing about possibly replacing Kyle Busch in the final two Sprint Cup races and is awaiting final word from the organization. ESPN’s Marty Smith reported on SportsCenter and NASCARNow that Busch, according to sources, will be in the #18 Cup car this weekend at Phoenix and next weekend at Homestead. Multiple sources said the car likely will be sponsored by Interstate Batteries instead of M&Ms, which was scheduled to be on the car. Mars Incorporated, which manufacturers M&Ms, stated its displeasure with Busch over his intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday in last Friday’s Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. But according to sources the sponsor still had reservations about having its name on the Cup car with Busch for the last two races, prompting the call to Almirola. Almirola said JGR president J.D. Gibbs contacted him on Wednesday to see if he would be available. Almirola, who drives a Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, said JRM has given him permission to drive for the Toyota team. “Your guess is as good as mine,” Almirola told ESPN.com before Nationwide practice at PIR as to what will happen. “I know they’re working through a lot of things. I just told them I was available if they needed me.'”
Looks like M&M’s is off as a sponsor for Kyle, due to the fact that they hate him. It’s a shame that it had to end this way, but I guess they have to do what they have to do. At least nobody had to get fired as far as I know, so that is a good thing. (There were rumors that that could take place).