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Rumours persist of NASCAR driver cameo in Supercars

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Could a NASCAR star appear at the Adelaide 500 this year? Image: InSyde Media

Talk of looking to lure a ace for a one-off start surfaced late last year with Kyle the driver, the team and the Adelaide 500 the event at the centre of the rumours.

Given the turmoil experienced by the title-winning Erebus squad earlier this season there was an assumption that the plan was shelved, however a new wave of speculation suggests a version of the plan is still in the works.

According to the latest speculation, is still the targeted driver while the season-ending Adelaide 500 remains the likeliest event should the plan come together.

However, there is a significant question mark over who would facilitate the wildcard.

The latest talk has linked Triple Eight to the additional entry, something that makes sense given the squad already has a wildcard programme in place for this season.

The powerhouse GM squad will run a -backed for Cooper Murray at this weekend’s Triple Crown, before Murray and Craig Lowndes team up in the car for the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 later in the year.

There have been restrictions on teams running more than one single-driver event wildcard per season in the past, which means the plan may require clearance from Supercars.

Speedcafe understands that Supercars is yet to have received or began any formal wildcard applications for Adelaide.

The link to Busch comes through his Richard Childress Racing team, which ran for his NASCAR cameo last year, and at Sonoma last weekend.

The latter created a link between RCR and Triple Eight too, with not only Brown spending the weekend working with RCR in Sonoma, but his T8 engineer Andrew Edwards as well.

The growing ties between Supercars and NASCAR are a significant talking point off the back of the Sonoma weekend that also included winning the Xfinity race, and Cam Waters making his Cup Series debut alongside Brown for the RFK Ford squad.


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