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Off-track moves

Jamie McMurray may be getting closer and closer to having a new home in 2010. According to an Oct. 24 story on the Ford Racing Web site, the likelihood that McMurray will be the driver to replace Martin Truex Jr. with the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 1 race team for the 2010 season is good.

According to the story, no official deal has been made, but garage insiders say the chances of McMurray, currently under contract with Roush Fenway Racing as the driver of the No. 26 Fusion, are pretty good that a deal will be made.

According to the story, any potential hold-up with the deal will be in the form of the car’s sponsorship with the current sponsor, Bass Pro Shops, looking for an outdoorsman as the face of the company from a NASCAR angle.

McMurray, who began his career with Ganassi-Sabates Racing in 2002 as a driver sub for Sterling Marlin, signed with Roush Fenway in 2006.


Kyle Busch may be in line for a new crew chief after just missing out on a spot in the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, according to media reports.

ESPN.com is reporting that Joe Gibbs Racing is looking into several options to boost the success of the No. 18, and a replacement for current crew chief Steve Addington is one of several options.

Busch, who had made the Chase field every year since his rookie season in 2005, just missed making this year’s Chase and has only one win in his last 21 races. And although he won three of the first 10 races of the 2009 season, Busch also has nine finishes this season of 20th-place or worse.

In the report, team president J.D. Gibbs declined to say whether Addington would be brought back next season, saying only that “(w)e just want to evaluate on what makes us the best, how do we capitalize on the resources we have, personnel, technology? How do we utilize that?”

“Rarely do you go from running OK to now all of a sudden you’re out of the box,” Gibbs told ESPN.com. “Tony (Stewart), when he missed the Chase (in 2006), he was coming on strong consistently at the end of the season.”


JTG Daugherty Racing will continue its technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing for another season, JTG Daugherty co-owner Tad Geschickter told NASCAR Web site www.scenedaily.com this week.

According to the story, JTG and MWR began their technical alliance this year with the JTG crew working out of MWR’s shop. MWR was responsible for the actual building of the cars, with the JTG crew working on the finished product from there.

“Being a single-car team without a strong technical alliance is next to impossible,” Geschickter told the Web site. “This one is working, so why fix it?”

Marcos Ambrose, JTG’s lone driver, is currently 17th in the Sprint Cup standings in his first season.

“Toyota’s influence and the support they give us is big,” Geschickter told the Web site. “The personalities of the people involved — everyone gets along. We’ve imbedded our folks into their shop, so every meeting that goes on, we’re a part of and has made it more seamless than most.”


The 2009 Chase comes out of the final turn and prepares for the homestretch this weekend at Talladega. Including Talladega, only four races (Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead) remain before the 2009 champion is crowned.

Brad Keselowski won the April race at Talladega, while Stewart is the defending race winner.

Live television coverage begins at noon on ABC with “NASCAR Countdown,” followed by the Amp Energy 500.

2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points Standings


1.…Jimmie Johnson…6098…---

2.…Mark Martin…5980…118

3.…Jeff Gordon…5948…150

4.…Tony Stewart…5906…192

5.…Juan Montoya…5898…200

6.…Kurt Busch…5858…240

7.…Ryan Newman…5786…312

8.…Greg Biffle…5748…350

9.…Denny Hamlin…5746…352

10.…Carl Edwards…5685…413

11.…Kasey Kahne…5659…439

12.…Brian Vickers…5568…530

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