Mears, who will be replaced in the No. 13 GEICO Chevy next season by Ty Dillon, tweeted Tuesday, "Thank you for all the support out there. Working on what's next. Having fun exploring all options and directions."
Earnhardt Jr.'s hot streak in Las Vegas continued Friday night. The driver of the No. 88 Chevy was named the National Motorsports Press Association Sprint Most Popular Driver for the 14th consecutive year, extending his record streak, Hendrick Motorsports PR reports.
A few months from believing he "may never race again" in NASCAR, Earnhardt Jr. now believes he is only a few weeks from being cleared to return. The Hendrick Motorsports driver, who missed the last half of the 2016 season after suffering a concussion, said he hopes to turn laps in a December test and again in a January session before racing his No. 88 Chevy in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, NBC Sports reports.
Greg Biffle's decision to leave Roush-Fenway Racing Monday triggered a chain reaction that will include the slumping racing company loaning driver Buescher to a rival manufacturer next season. Buescher will drive for a newly-created second Chevy team at JTG Daughtery Racing in 2017, the Florida Times Union reports.
Roush Fenway Racing and driver Biffle have parted ways after the conclusion of the 2016 NASCAR season. Biffle, the organization's longest-tenured driver, drove the No. 16 Sprint Cup Series entry since 2002, Roush Fenway Racing PR reports.