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Crew chief Robin Pemberton, who runs Rusty Wallace's team, says he isn't taking a job with Jack Roush, who is in the market for a crew chief for Johnny Benson's new team. And Pemberton said he was unaware of the reports that he is one of the candidates for a top post at Hendrick Motorsports.

All might not be well within the Michael Kranefuss camp. Jeremy Mayfield, apparently not enthusiastic about becoming part of a two-car team, contacted Richard Petty to inquire about driving for his team, according to sources close to the Petty team. Kranefuss, however, has vetoed any driver change.

Len Wood says Michael Waltrip will remain with his team next season, despite strong reports Waltrip is under consideration for the Richard Petty ride. ''We have heard the reports,'' Wood said, ''but Michael says he's not leaving.''

Ford officials are telling Julius Erving and Joe Washington to abandon plans for a Winston Cup team next season and to concentrate instead on a Busch team, according to NASCAR sources.

All news from Mike Mulhern, JournalNow.