Chip Ganassi and Brennan Poole are expected to part ways at the end of the season, Motorsport.com has learned.
Poole, 26, piloted the #42 Chevy in the NASCAR Xfinity Series under the HScott Motorsports banner for 17 races before moving full-time to the #48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy in 2016. Over the last two seasons, Poole has qualified for the playoffs while scoring eight top-fives and 32 top-10 finishes. He is currently sixth in the NXS standings and has advanced to the Round of eight again.
When asked about his future during an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday, Poole said he was sure what the future held. According to sources close to the situation, the likely landing place for Poole is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride at Richard Childress Racing. With Paul Menard departing for the Wood Brothers next season, RCR has a vacancy.
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UPDATE: Brennan Poole's 2018 plans were the subject of conflicting reports this week. First, Motorsport.com reported Poole was out at Chip Ganassi Racing and could be heading to Richard Childress Racing's #27 car in the Cup Series. But then Chip Ganassi Racing co-owner Felix Sabates told Sirius/XM Radio the Xfinity Series driver would likely be returning to CGR next season.
So what's the deal?
"I don't have anything set," Poole said via phone on Friday. "Like I don't really have any plans. I don't really know what's going to happen. I haven't really had an in-depth conversation with Ganassi. So I really just am not sure."
Poole said he's "definitely open to all opportunities," but insisted he sincerely doesn't know where he'll be racing next season. That murky future includes whether sponsor DC Solar will continue to align with him.
"Honestly - honestly - I really don't know," he said. "I've had a great relationship with them over the past several years, but there hasn't been any talks. So I really just don't know."
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