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NASCAR institutes team limits: NASCAR announced Thursday that they will institute a team limit of four cars beginning in 2006. Roush Racing, the only team with more than four teams, was told that NASCAR would assist them in complying with the...

NASCAR institutes team limits: NASCAR announced Thursday that they will institute a team limit of four cars beginning in 2006. Roush Racing, the only team with more than four teams, was told that NASCAR would assist them in complying with the new mandate.

"The cap, the new testing procedure and the tire leasing program are in the best interest for the future of the sport," said NASCAR CEO/Chairman Brian France.

Roush was told earlier this month that they would more than likely be 'grandfathered' in through 2009; the year some of their sponsor agreements retire. As of today, it was unclear whether or not Roush would be able to field five teams.

New testing policy: NASCAR also announce Thursday that for the 2006 season testing will be limited to a set number of tracks.

The six test locations include Lowe's Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Testing in Daytona will be conducted January 9-11 (even-numbered cars) and January 16-18 (odd-numbered cars). The Las Vegas tests will be January 30- February 1. The other four test dates will be announced at a later time.

The only other locations Nextel Cup teams may test are tracks that do not hold a Nextel Cup series date.

Labonte makes it official: After being released from the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Chevy earlier this week, Bobby Labonte announced that he would pilot the No. 43 Dodge at Petty Enterprises next season.

Finch to field car for Sorenson at Miami: Reed Sorenson will run the No. 09 Dodge for James Finch next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sorenson has just one Cup series start after failing to qualify for some races. The No. 09 is a lock in the field next week guaranteeing Sorenson some seat time before moving to NASCAR's elite division in 2006.

Baldwin to the No. 38?: Insiders say that Tommy Baldwin is set to leave his post as crew chief of the No. 9 Dodge and join Robert Yates Racing as the crew chief for the No. 38 Ford of Elliott Sadler.

Sadler has been without a permanent crew chief since October when Todd Parrott was shuffled to the No. 88 Ford of Dale Jarrett.

Chris Andrews is one of the possible contenders for Baldwin's gig at Evernham Motorsports.

Despite reports, Baldwin continues to deny that he is leaving Kahne. NASCAR Romance: In the world of weird marketing strategies, NASCAR has teamed up with Harlequin to produce a line of NASCAR-themed romance novels.

While revolting, marketing gurus hope to continue to reach out to a legion of hormonal female race fans.

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