Garage Chatter: Texas II

Hamlin out as crew chief: Richard Childress Racing announced this week that effective immediately Scott Miller will take over crew chief duties of the No. 31 Chevy of Jeff Burton. Kevin Hamlin will move to the No. 07 Chevy of Dave Blaney for the...

Hamlin out as crew chief: Richard Childress Racing announced this week that effective immediately Scott Miller will take over crew chief duties of the No. 31 Chevy of Jeff Burton.

Kevin Hamlin will move to the No. 07 Chevy of Dave Blaney for the last three races of the season. Next year, when Clint Bowyer assumes driving duties on the No. 07 Gil Martin will crew chief.

"This in no way will take away from the effort Clint, Gil and the ACDelco team will give toward winning the Busch championship," said Childress. "They've still got a good shot at it and Gil has great guys working for him on both teams so we won't let him get overloaded from either direction."

Hamlin has been offered another role within the organization next year.

Labbe to Yates: Slugger Labbe, who recently vacated his crew chief duties on the No. 19 Dodge of Jeremy Mayfield, has been hired by Robert Yates Racing as a consultant to the No. 38 and the No. 88 Ford.

It is expected that Labbe will crew chief one of those cars next season.

Labonte to run first five for Hall for Fame: Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach announced yesterday that they have hired veteran Terry Labonte and Tony Raines will split the No. 96 Chevy next season. Labonte will run the first five events.

Labonte rumors will not die: The garage continues to swirl with rumors that Bobby Labonte is going somewhere other than Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2006 season. Recently, he has been touted as a possible replacement for Jamie McMurray at the No. 42 Dodge; which would allow McMurray to move to the No. 97 Ford and Kurt Busch to go to the No. 2 Dodge.

His name has also come up as a possible teammate for Michael Waltrip at Bill Davis Racing in the No. 22 Dodge.

Labonte continues to deny that he is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing.

Earnhardt leads 2006 Hall of Fame class: Dale Earnhardt leads the class of inductees to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame; which is set to take place on April 27th. Among other honorees are Harry Gant and Jack Roush.

Ford sings largest ever race sponsorship: Ford has resigned to remain the title sponsor of the season ending Cup, Truck and Busch events through 2014. The 10-year extension with Homestead-Miami Speedway is the largest Motorsports sponsorship in the history of Ford Racing.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to announce this agreement," said Burt Diamond, Ford Racing Global Motorsports Marketing Manager. "It's been exciting to see the Ford Championship weekend grow into one of the premiere NASCAR experiences over the last three years. This new long-term agreement will allow us to make it even more of a national 'destination' event."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Michael Waltrip , Kurt Busch , Clint Bowyer , Robert Yates , Dave Blaney , Kevin Hamlin , Harry Gant
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Bill Davis Racing