Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Andrew Murstein says Dodge contacted them about fielding the 2013 Charger, as has a carmaker trying to break into the sport.
In retrospect, letting Jamie McMurray go was a mistake for Jack Roush. But, given the circumstances at the time, Roush shouldn’t be kicking himself over it.
Yates Racing has hired Richard “Slugger” Labbe to serve as crew chief for the No. 98 Menards Ford, and driver Paul Menard next season. Yates Racing will become Richard Petty Motorsports when the merger is complete. Labbe recently left TRG Motorsports.
Layoffs have begun at Richard Petty Motorsports with the team letting go of 47 workers as it shuts down its engine department. After merging with Yates Racing, the team is switching to Fords, and will receive engines from Roush Yates Engines. The team will retain 17 employees to help with engines for the final two [...]
Jayski is reporting via ESPN Insider (password required) that Paul Menard has denied speculation that he may replace Casey Mears in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 07. It was reported last week that he was touring RCR’s race shop. Rumor has it that Menard is unhappy with the merger between Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports.
Richard Petty Motorsports will conduct its second merger in as many seasons, as RPM will merge with Yates Racings, fielding Fords in the Sprint Cup Series in 2010.
David Gilliland will drive four races for Joe Gibbs Racing in a fourth JGR Toyota at the end of this season. He will also drive the Wood Brothers No. 21 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, subbing for an injured Bill Elliott. Gilliland had been replaced by Bobby Labonte for seven races in TRG Motorsports’ No. [...]
Erik Darnell will replace Bobby Labonte for seven races in Yates Racing’s No. 96 Ford, starting with this weekend’s race at Atlanta. Darnell will run Atlanta, Loudon, Kansas, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. Labonte will run Richmond, Dover, Fontana, Charlotte and Martinsville. Labonte attributed the move to the sponsorship environment.
Paul Menard and his Menards sponsorship are expected to be back with Yates Racing next season, despite rumors that YR would clean house.
Yates Racing may be considering cleaning house with its stable of drivers, Paul Menard and Bobby Labonte, according to FoxSports.com. Ask.com is said to be shopping its sponsorship, which could mean the end of Labonte in the No. 96 Ford. Both teams are not performing to the standards set by Stewart Haas Racing, as far [...]