So, 2020. Lando Norris' (1) 2nd full season in the NMCS and he is getting booted out the door of Chip Ganassi Racing for some white, inexperienced blob called Amogus and is apparently about to sign for Front Row Motorsports to partner Meme Man and drive the 38. What has happened to that guy's career? What happened in the title fight thoughbwas between Hendrick teammates Silver (9), Shadow (24), Joe Gibbs Teammates Doge (20) and Tails (18). So Tails started from pole and lead for most of the first stage, the only 2 laps he didn't lead were his pit stop laps, where Shadow lead. Tails won stage 1 but Silver then lead the entirety of stage 2 even during pit stops. Then, it all seemed well for a Silver victory until Tails rammed into the back of him, giving Doge the lead. Then, Shadow hit Doge and both spun, giving Silver back the lead and held his dad off to win his first championship.
Well, 2019. Lando Norris (17) made his debut and he exploded onto the scene after finishing 5th in a car that didn’t deserve to be battling for points and got scooped up by Chip Ganassi to replace the retiring Kurt Bush. As for the title fight, Tails (18) crushed the opposition, with his closest rival being Sonic (88) while the leaving Fernando Alonso (14) and Meme Man (9) were absolutely nowhere.
To be fair, when I started this series, the seat Shadow was linked with mainly was the 2 before it eventually went to the Troll and he signed for the 24. But, if that stuff never happened and we were in this universe, I can place any drivers at any teams I want basically. However, Silver replaced Shadow a year after his debut in 2016, and Shadow joined Penske at the number 2. Before that, Shadow had been racing since 2000, starting at the #3 before racing the #24 until 2015 before joining Penske as the #2. In 2020, Shadow rejoined Hendrick as the #24 while his son, Silver, was switched over to the #9, a bit like that same year, Sonic switched over to the #48 like he has now but Robert Kubica took the #88 before Metal Sonic joined from Penske (he replaced Shadow at the #2 for 2020) to race the #5. Now, we end up in the present.
Ok, so let me get this straight. In the Mobius Cup, Shadow has been racing for approximately 25 years. The driver he replaces, William Bryon, hasn’t even been around for 25 years. I’m just presuming someone was in the #24 that Shadow was driving as.
I had him as Jeff Gordon. Since Jeff started full time in 1993, but started in Cup in 1992, I had Shadow do the same. Both had 93 wins before Shadow won at Daytona in 2020 and Homestead this year, giving him 95. He won his first championship in 1995, then won again in 1997, 1998, and 2001.
For Silver, on the other hand, he replaced Chase Elliott. He started racing in Cup in the #25 part time in 2015. Then, the next year, he replaced Shadow in the #24. He never got a win in the #24 car. In 2018, he switched to the #9, then won his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Mobius Cup Series (as it was called from 2017-2019) race at Watkins Glen, beating Jet in the #78. He won a couple more races that year, won more in 2019, including Talladega when Shadow wrecked down the back stretch and sent Metal Sonic in the #42 flipping. In 2020, he won 5 races including the championship.