August 31, 2009

Harvick re-confirmed in No. 29

With rumors still swirling around the garage and in the media about Kevin Harvick's desire to leave RCR, Richard Childress issued another statement saying both the driver and sponsor will be back in 2009.

Our View Unless results improve, however, the alliance will continue to be an uneasy one. NASCAR is known for quick turnarounds in momentum, however.

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Labonte may yet return to Yates in 2010

Yates Racing is still in negotiation with to sponsor Bobby Labonte for 2010 and it is likely that their relationship with Roush-Fenway Racing will not comtinue next year, according to

Our View Not sure how that effects Erik Darnell for 2010, so fantasy owners will need to stay tuned for further details.

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Darnell to race No. 96

Erik Darnell will race seven of the last 12 races in the No. 96 Ford beginning this weekend at Atlanta, according to a press release from Yates Racing. Bobby Labonte will fill the seat for the other five races. He also is scheduled to race at New Hampshire, Kansas, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

Our View The young gun is the first official rookie to toss his hat into next year's ring, but this might also have other implications. It has been rumored that Roush Racing and Yates have been talking about making the smaller entity a satellite team and this could be the first step toward securing a ride for Jamie McMurray in 2010 as well.

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