Drama at Robert Yates Racing continues

The melodrama at Robert Yates Racing continues to unfold as the organization attempts to rebuild there once championship teams. RYR has released Tommy Baldwin, crew chief of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion and Slugger Labbe, crew chief of the No. 88...

The melodrama at Robert Yates Racing continues to unfold as the organization attempts to rebuild there once championship teams. RYR has released Tommy Baldwin, crew chief of the No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion and Slugger Labbe, crew chief of the No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion.

The move comes after both of their primary drivers, Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett announced that they would be leaving Yates; Sadler for a team not yet announced, and Jarrett for a seat at Michael Waltrip Racing.

RYR has been scrambling to fill those seats but there is a talent shortage in the Cup garage, which has forced Yates to look upon younger less seasoned drivers as possible candidates. Stephen Leicht, who will make his second Cup start for RYR this weekend at Indy, is the lead player for the No. 88 Ford.

David Gilliland, who made a splash in the Busch series earlier this season, met with Robert and Doug Yates and Victoria Mars at Pocono International Raceway and is thought to be under consideration to replace Sadler.

Gilliland signed a one-race deal with Yates to compete in the Busch series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend.

Although Labbe's plans are uncertain, Baldwin is in talks to return to Bill Davis Racing. Butch Hylton will take over the No. 88, and Charles "Cully" Barraclough will be the crew chief of the No. 38.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , David Gilliland , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Stephen Leicht
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Yates Racing