Paul Menard is expected to announce that he and his sponsorship will leave Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s No 15 Chevy at the end of the season, moving over to Yates Racing.
An announcement could come this week.
The loss of Menard leaves DEI with one full time sponsor for next season, Bass Pro Shops, which will sponsor the No. 1 driven by Martin Truex Jr. The U.S. Army is expected to leave the No. 8 at the end of the season, and Mark Martin will also leave that ride.
That will leave the team with Aric Almirola and no sponsorship for that car; Regan Smith and no sponsorship for his car; and Truex with Bass Pro Shops. As of right now, things don’t look so good for DEI.
The team, however, could form a partnership with Robby Gordon Motorsports.