Garage Chatter: Pocono 2

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Waltrip gone sooner than 2006?: Speculation has arisen that Michael Waltrip may vacate his seat in the No. 15 DEI Chevy prior to the end of the 2005 season. Rumors are swirling around the garage that Waltrip has been offered to drive the No. 11 ...

Waltrip gone sooner than 2006?: Speculation has arisen that Michael Waltrip may vacate his seat in the No. 15 DEI Chevy prior to the end of the 2005 season. Rumors are swirling around the garage that Waltrip has been offered to drive the No. 11 Chevy at Joe Gibbs Racing for the last ten races of the season and next year.

Both teams have denied the report.

Amongst other silly season rumors are: Bobby Labonte heading to the No. 2 Dodge for the 2006 season.

Sterling Marlin replacing the Mike Bliss in the No. 0 Chevy after his contract at Ganassi expires and David Stremme assumes driving duties of the No. 40 Dodge.

And Casey Mears out at the No. 41 Dodge to make room for Reed Sorenson. Sorenson recently tested the No. 39 Ganassi Cup Dodge at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis.

Sorenson stated that he was unsure what he would be driving next season.

Finally, that the Eury's may transfer back to the No. 8 of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. before the end of the season. Tony Eury, Sr. has previously denied that he and his son Eury, Jr. would return to the No. 8 Chevy. But with Earnhardt's championship hopes still up in the air; a change might help buoy that team.

Crew chiefs not worried about tires at Pocono: The June Pocono event was rife with Goodyear tire failures, but most teams don't seem to be concerned this time around.

"I'm sure Goodyear has addressed something with the tire," said Todd Parrott, crew chief of the No. 38 M&M's Ford. "I think the track made some changes to the tunnel turn, which is a good thing because it was pretty rough down there."

Jimmy Fennig, Kurt Busch's crew chief also feels that the problems suffered last race were more due to the racetrack than the tire, "Goodyear brought the same tire from what we had in the first race, but what they did was they fixed the curb where everybody had issues.it wasn't Goodyear's tire, it's what we induced in the tire and what the curb induced in the tire."

Ford Fusion to get track time: Dale Jarrett will test the new Ford Fusion at Atlanta Motor Speedway next week. AMS was damaged by a tornado a few weeks ago, but track repairs are underway and going well.

Martin will do one more year if needed: With Chip Ganassi Racing renewing Jamie McMurray's option to drive the No. 42 Dodge next season, Mark Martin has been asked by owner Jack Roush to postpone his retirement until the end of the 2006 season.

Martin was set to retire at the end of this year, and has embarked all year on a "Salute to You" tour to celebrate his fans.

"Well I am committed to do it," said Martin. "So, I guess that's that. That is what everybody is wanting to know."

When asked what his ideal situation woud be, it was clear Martin would prefer that McMUrray be able to take over next season, "McMurray in the 6 in 2006. In my opinion he's the most sought after driver in the garage. We are fortunate to have him signed for 2007. If it's 2007, then it's 2007.

"I'll ride the car."

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