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Gordon and Loomis part ways: Hendrick Motorsports announced earlier this week that Jeff Gordon and crew chief Robbie Loomis will part ways effective this weekend. Steve LeTarte, Gordon's car chief, will be the interim replacement for the rest of...

Gordon and Loomis part ways: Hendrick Motorsports announced earlier this week that Jeff Gordon and crew chief Robbie Loomis will part ways effective this weekend.

Steve LeTarte, Gordon's car chief, will be the interim replacement for the rest of the season. Loomis will assist the No. 48 team for the remainder of the year, and next year he will rejoin the Petty Organization.

"I was with the Petty family for 11 years before being blessed to work with Jeff and the #24 team," Loomis said. "Kyle and Richard (Petty) are giving me an incredible opportunity to come home, back where I started my career, and I' m honored and excited to do that."

Kyle Petty does not plan on arriving at NHIS until Sunday morning to run the race. Petty has been under the weather and still has mixed feelings about running on the track where his son lost his life in 2000.

Mark Green practiced Petty's Dodge and will qualify his car Saturday.

Earnhardt's bad luck streak not quite over: Earnhardt has his old crew chief back but its going to take a few weeks for the No. 8 Chevy team to shake the bad vibes. Earnhardt had a flat tire during practice at NHIS and brushed the wall.

It was mainly cosmetic damage and the team was not expected to utilize the back-up car.

Sorenson to make Cup debut at Atlanta: Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Busch series sensation Reed Sorenson will make his Cup series debut in a few weeks at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Sorenson will also attempt to qualify for the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Gordon fastest in initial practice: Jeff Gordon was fastest in initial practice for Cup teams at NHIS. Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon, Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte complete the top five fastest times.

Harvick says he will stay with RCR next season: Kevin Harvick has been very critical of Richard Childress Racing lately prompting rumors the driver 29 may be looking for another ride next year.

Harvick and RCR, however, squelched that rumor at New Hampshire, confirming that Harvick will drive the No. 29 Chevy in 2006.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kyle Petty , Kevin Harvick , Robby Gordon , Ryan Newman , Mark Green , Chip Ganassi , Reed Sorenson , Robbie Loomis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Richard Childress Racing , Hendrick Motorsports