When Dale Earnhardt Jr. hired Steve Arpin to drive for his team in the Nationwide Series, he continued a trend of hiring young drivers that he began when he started JR Motorsports. Arpin followed Kelly Bires, Brad Keselowski, Landon Cassill, Shane Huffman and Mark McFarland as drivers that got a chance in Junior's equipment.
So far, only Keselowski has had success, and Bires was released this year in favor of Jamie McMurray, but McMurray was only driving a limited number of events.
That's where Greg Sacks comes in. JR Motorsports is still looking for sponsorship, and Grand Touring Vodka agreed to sponsor 10 races starting in Daytona in July.
But still, why the heck would Junior hire Greg Sacks? The dude's 57, hasn't started a Sprint Cup race since 2005 or a Nationwide race since 2004. And he only ran every Sprint Cup race in a season once in his career -- 1994 -- and he finished 31st in the final points standings. That's not exactly a stellar resume.
Ah... but what if I told you that Sacks' family owns Grand Touring Vodka? It all makes sense now, doesn't it? For now, Sacks is only booked for one race, and I'd be surprised if he gets another chance unless he posts a top 5 finish.
Let this serve as a great reminder: Even teams owned by Sprint Cup stars are in need of cash, and despite being out of the driver's seat for a while, if you have a willing sponsor to back you, you can get a pretty good ride.