Garage chatter: Ponoco

UPS may change allegiances: Sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com that UPS will not be following Dale Jarrett to Michael Waltrip Racing or staying with Robert Yates Racing next season. UPS has been having discussions with various teams about...

UPS may change allegiances: Sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com that UPS will not be following Dale Jarrett to Michael Waltrip Racing or staying with Robert Yates Racing next season.

UPS has been having discussions with various teams about moving their sponsorship elsewhere. UPS is said to want a young driver so they can compete, marketing wise, with the No. 11 Chevy of Denny Hamlin, sponsored by rival Federal Express.

Sources confirmed that UPS has had a brief discussion with the No. 9 Evernham Dodge of Kasey Kahne. Garage insiders also say that UPS has spoken with the No. 16 Roush Ford team of Greg Biffle.

Wherever they land, you can count on not having to see anymore commercials about Jarrett driving the big brown truck.

Mears/Vickers off to greener pastures in 2007: Casey Mears confirmed this morning that he has informed car owner Chip Ganassi that he will not be returning in 2007.

"I have talked to Chip and let him know that I am not returning," said Mears.

Mears went on to say that with the announcement Thursday that Brian Vickers will not be returning to the No. 25 Hendrick Chevrolet at the close of this season that he hopes to be able to fill that seat.

"With Brian Vickers leaving that has opened up some possibilities over there.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that they (Hendrick) are one of the best teams in Nextel Cup racing. The possibility of going over there is very, very appealing.if that were to work out I'd be very happy."

Vickers was more reticent about his imminent departure from Hendrick Motorsports, "Performance is the bottom line and for whatever reason me and the 25 team have not performed."

As for Vickers future plans he remained cagey, "We're looking, but right now we want to keep it private."

Sources say that Vickers is being wooed by Team Red Bull to join their stable of drivers.

Terry Labonte back at Pocono: Labonte will drive the #44 Kellogg's Chevy this weekend at Pocono International Raceway. The two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion is running his first of two Pocono events in this season. Labonte, who is running a limited schedule this season, will make his 51st career start Sunday.

Stewart on his own this weekend: Two weeks after fracturing his scapula, reigning Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart, will practice, qualify and race the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet.

Stewart had veteran Ricky Rudd with him last weekend at Dover to assist with driving duties but feels well enough this weekend to go it on his own. As of Friday morning, Rudd was not going to be at PIR this weekend to stand- by in case Stewart encountered difficulties.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Casey Mears , Kasey Kahne , Brian Vickers , Chip Ganassi , Robert Yates , Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , Yates Racing