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In the midst of widespread rumors and speculation surrounding Aric Almirola‘s potential replacement, the latest update regarding Stewart-Haas Racing‘s likely choice for the seat has left fans divided over the future of the team. Now, another unexpected name gets added to the mix of candidates, adding to the ruckus that is social media.

This recent revelation has sparked mixed reactions among fans, as some see the potential choice as a promising addition, while others express concerns about the uncertain and potentially bleak future of this wildcard driver.

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Who will replace Aric Almirola?

A recent tweet by motorsports journalist Lee Spencer revealed that defending Truck Series champion Zane Smith has made his ambitions clear. Spencer wrote, “Zane Smith said he wants to be racing on Sunday next year. Hopes to have his plans in place by the end of the month. He’s currently under contract with FRM until 2026.” This revelation has sparked a flurry of discussions among fans, media, and industry insiders, all eager to decipher the potential implications.

Zane Smith‘s statement raises several questions regarding his potential move to a high-profile team. Speculations are rife, with fans and pundits suggesting that Smith could be eyeing either SHR’s #10 car or Front Row Motorsports’ #38 car. Another FRM driver is also said to be a potential prospect for Almirola’s replacement.

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Replacement discussions echo several names with one name regularly appearing

As the rumors regarding Zane Smith’s potential move and Todd Gilliand’s involvement swirl, fans have taken to social media platforms to express their opinions and predictions.

One fan said, “The question for me during all of this is, what does Todd Gilliland do? Even if Zane goes to SHR, I doubt Todd would want to stay at Front Row.” Another added, “Rumors have been swirling that McDowell gets the 10. That’ll open up the 34 for Zane, and Gilliland keeps the 38.” 

A Smith supporter said, “He’s been ready for Sunday for a year now. I also wonder what’s going to happen with Todd Gilliland as well.” 

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Adding another name to the mix, one fan said, “Would love to see Todd and Zane as teammates next year. McDriver? He’s earned his way to a big team. I hope he ends up with SHR. He’s close to getting into the cutoff on points. The guy is a beast in underfunded cars,” referring to Michael McDowell.

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As the speculation surrounding Smith and Gilliand’s future intensifies, NASCAR fans eagerly await the final decision that will shape their racing careers. Whether they will make the leap to a more prominent team or continue to develop with FRM, no one knows for sure. But one thing is certain: their journey has captivated the attention of fans, divided the room, and set the stage for another thrilling season in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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