Loudon: Ford Racing - Ricky Rudd comments

Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Havoline Taurus, spoke about his current situation with Robert Yates Racing prior to this morning practice. Rudd, who is in the final year of his contract with Yates, reiterated his stance on where negotiations ...

Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Havoline Taurus, spoke about his current situation with Robert Yates Racing prior to this morning practice. Rudd, who is in the final year of his contract with Yates, reiterated his stance on where negotiations currently stand.

RICKY RUDD --28-- Havoline Taurus

"The only thing I've really got to say is that I want to emphasize this isn't about money. That is not the case. We have resolved the money issue between the driver, the sponsor and the owner, but even though that's been resolved, I keep hearing that's the sticking point. All I can say is it's not as far as I'm concerned. The issue right now is that if Robert will give me some assurances to the best of his ability that he'll keep this team intact without moving people around, then it's a done deal. It's that simple. It's all about assuring that the people we have today will be here next year. That's the only hold up."

IS THERE A DEADLINE THAT YOU HAVE FOR HIM TO MAKE THAT DECISION?

"This deadline that you're speaking of has really been going on since the Tuesday after Dover and I know no more than I do now, other than he can't assure me of that. The money has been agreed to weeks ago. Right now, this is about assuring me that the people I have on the 28 Havoline team today will be there for us next year. Sometimes people move on, but I would like to see him, to the best of his ability, assure that there won't be any internal transfers. That's the only issue we have."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing