Garage Chatter: Champion's Week

Robert Yates Racing announces 2006 line-up: As expected RYR confirmed on Monday that Tommy Baldwin will take over as crew chief of the No. 38 Ford driven by Elliott Sadler and Slugger Labbe will become the crew chief for the No. 88 Ford of Dale ...

Robert Yates Racing announces 2006 line-up: As expected RYR confirmed on Monday that Tommy Baldwin will take over as crew chief of the No. 38 Ford driven by Elliott Sadler and Slugger Labbe will become the crew chief for the No. 88 Ford of Dale Jarrett.

"There is potential for great success next season at RYR," said Baldwin. "Robert has built a strong foundation here and it's exciting to be able to step in and work with Elliott and the #38 Team. I think we've only seen the beginning of what Elliott can accomplish behind the wheel and I look forward to the task of leading this team to the next level."

Todd Parrott, who ended 2005 as crew chief of the No. 88, has left the company and is rumored to be joining the Toyota in a development role. Kevin Buskirk, the No. 38's interim crew chief, has been promoted to Technical and Performance Director for all of RYR.

In addition, Yates has hired several new engineers and hired Ed Guzzo as Production and Operational Director.

Petty's out of new Sprint car league: After a joint announcement with Tony Stewart at Dover International Raceway about the formation of a new Sprint Car League, the Petty's have opted out. The new league will move forward without their involvement.

"We are acutely aware that the fans want answers now", said Brian Healey, NSL official. "The reality is that starting a major touring series takes a cooperative effort of many of sprintcar racing's major players, and sometimes that takes longer than we all want it to take."

The NSL is currently working on their 2006 schedule.

No TV announcement yet: It was expected that NASCAR would announce their new television deal this week during banquet festivities in New York. Brian France, however, stated at a press conference this morning that the deal is not quite ready and would not be revealed until later this month.

It is anticipated that ABC will air the final 11 races of the season, with Fox/FX getting 13, and ESPN and TNT both televising six throughout the season.

Penske down to two teams: Penske Racing South announced this week that they will concentrate their efforts on the No. 12 Dodge of Ryan Newman and the No. 2 Dodge of Kurt Busch for the 2006 season.

The No. 77 Dodge piloted by Travis Kvapil is now defunct.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Tommy Baldwin , Travis Kvapil
Teams Team Penske , Yates Racing