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UPS to stick with Jarrett: United Parcel Service announced today that they will follow driver Dale Jarrett to Michael Waltrip Incorporated's Toyota team next season. UPS had sponsored Jarrett's No. 88 Ford at Robert Yates Racing. "We feel ...

UPS to stick with Jarrett: United Parcel Service announced today that they will follow driver Dale Jarrett to Michael Waltrip Incorporated's Toyota team next season. UPS had sponsored Jarrett's No. 88 Ford at Robert Yates Racing.

"We feel compelled to make clear that we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Robert Yates Racing. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Doug and Robert Yates.we have made a difficult decision to leave that team which has been home to UPS for the last six years." Commented Patrick Guilbert, Vice President of Sponsorship for UPS.

Lucky for UPS, now they won't have to throw away all of those commercials.

"I guess you guys know this means I have two more years to practice up on driving the truck," joked Jarrett.

RYR's current Cup series sponsor CitiFinancial is expected to step up to the Cup series next year and sponsor the second Yates Ford next season. There is an outside possibility the 88 might transfer to Jarrett's team at MWI but those plans have not finalized.

DaimlerChrysler commits to Motorsports program: With rumors swirling that Dodge may be looking for a way out of NASCAR, DaimlerChrysler put out a press release early this week reconfirming their commitment to their Motorsports program.

"Like the Mercedes Car Group and the Chrysler Group, Formula 1 and NASCAR are both unique and interrelated," said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management DaimlerChrysler. "Their similarities and differences, and success, mimic the unique makeup of DaimlerChrysler's management, product offering and racing programs. The fact that DaimlerChrysler is the only car maker currently participating in Formula 1 and NASCAR demonstrates that our presence and history in global motorsports is unmatched. We intend to continue to leverage our unique German-American organization to be leaders in this arena.

"A great example of the synergy possibilities within DaimlerChrysler is found just 50 miles from here in Kokomo, Indiana," said Zetsche. "The Indiana Transmission Plant II in Kokomo, produces a DaimlerChrysler 5-speed automatic transmission originally used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles that has now been engineered for use in the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Magnum and Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee. We believe our unique German- American organization gives us an advantage in the marketplace." Testing at Indy next week: 49 Nextel Cup drivers are set to test Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 10-12 for the upcoming Brickyard 400 weekend in August; teams can only test two of the maximum three days set forth on the schedule.

RYR /Rensi team up: Robert and Doug Yates announced the strategic alliance of Yates and Busch Series Team Rensi Motorsports. Team Rensi fields the No. 25 and the No. 35 cars. They are hoping the alliance will allow these two Ford supported NASCAR teams to be able to enhance their Busch series programs.

Kahne positive about title hopes: Kasey Kahne is the winningest driver on the NASCAR Nextel Cup series circuit this season; with four wins. Kahne hasn't liked it much being on the outside looking in the last two years but he is hopeful about the No. 9 Dodge's chances this season. Kahne is fourth in points and has ten top-10's this season.

He is certain that if they keep running strong and make the Chase that they have a good shot at winning the title, "I think we have a great chance to make a lot of points in the Chase. We just have to make it."

Perhaps, the only track that gives Kahne pause is Talladega and he thinks that of all the Chase tracks that is the deal breaker for Team 9 unless they can massage their restrictor plate program before October.

"I think we have a shot everywhere we go in the Chase, except maybe Talladega," said Kahne. "We just need to work on our engines and having power to go fast there."

Elliott back at Chicago: The Toyota Camry won't make its debut until 2007 but this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway Michael Waltrip Incorporated's Burger King team will take to the track.

Veteran Bill Elliott will drive a Chevrolet for MWI at Chicago. Elliott has been offered a full time ride with Waltrip and Toyota next year but he has not confirmed his intentions.

"I won't say yes and I won't say no," Elliott said. "Racing has been a part of my whole life . . . You probably need a transfusion to get it out of your blood."

Kurt Busch hottest right now: Kurt Busch has the best average finish of any driver on the circuit right now. The last four races Busch has climbed from 18th to 13th in points. In those four races, Busch has not finished worst than ninth and has three top five finishes.

In five starts at Chicagoland Speedway Busch has three top ten's.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Michael Waltrip , Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing