BUSCH: Garage Chatter: The Glen

Sorenson to 41 car: As expected Chip Ganassi Racing announced Friday that Reed Sorenson will move the No. 41 Target Dodge in 2006. They will expand to a fourth team to accommodate current No. 41 driver Casey Mears. Mears will move to the Home123...

Sorenson to 41 car: As expected Chip Ganassi Racing announced Friday that Reed Sorenson will move the No. 41 Target Dodge in 2006. They will expand to a fourth team to accommodate current No. 41 driver Casey Mears. Mears will move to the Home123 Dodge possibly numbered 39.

Jamie McMurray's status with the team remains unchanged. McMurray has signed to drive the No. 6 Roush Ford in 2007, but asked for an early release of his contract to begin driving for that team next year.

Ganassi had stated earlier that they would not allow McMurray to shirk his duties to the No. 42 next season, but McMurray continues to hope that he will be allowed an early exit.

Busch comments on leaving: Reigning series champion Kurt Busch released a statement regarding his imminent departure from Roush Racing. He made it very clear that he was committed to Roush Racing for the remaining races in 2005 and the full 2006 season.

"I met with Jack Roush personally Tuesday morning to let him know that I am committed to Rousch Racing and the #97 team as we attempt to defend our Nextel Cup Championship this season," said the current champion.

"We did briefly address, solely as a matter of timing, the possibility of a release from my 2006 contract with Roush Racing, but that is Jack's decision," added Busch.

Pressure on for Gordon: Jeff Gordon must do well this weekend at The Glen if he hopes to participate in this years Chase for the Championship. Currently, Gordon is 14th, some 523 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

"We've run out of time, the pressure's on and we have to step up to the plate," said Jeff Gordon. "August is going to be a very important month for Team DuPont if we're going to make the Chase."

There is no better track for Team 24 to turn things to their favor. Gordon has four wins, two poles, six top-fives and seven top-10's at the upstate New York road course.

Questions looming this weekend: The fate of Elliott Sadler and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be crystal clear after this weekend's event at The Glen in regards to whether or not they stand a chance to make the Chase for the Championship.

Sadler is close. Earnhardt needs a miracle.

Will Waltrip join Gibbs? Sources say that Michael Waltrip is a lead candidate to take over Jason Leffler's No. 11 ride?

More Roush driver's looking? Insiders say another high profile Roush driver has been in discussion with several teams for 2007, including Yates and DEI.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Jack Roush , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing