Labonte Out Darnell In #96

brett1963

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I had a feeling and mentioned it here that Bobby would not be around next year.
Bad for Bobby Good for Erik. My guess is still that MacMurray goes to Yates with Menard and they try to put something together for a 3rd team.
Leaves Darnell, Stenhouse and Braun waiting in the wings for Cup, Natwide and Trucks still.



Yates Racing will put Erik Darnell in the Hall of Fame Racing No. 96 car for seven of the final 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this year, including this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Hall of Fame had sponsorship for Labonte from DLP and Ask.com for most of the season but did not have sponsorship for those races. Hall of Fame has an affiliation with Yates Racing in which the car is built and run by that organization. Roush Fenway Racing, which handles marketing for Yates, was able to sell some of those races for Darnell to sponsor Northern Tool and Equipment.

The 26-year-old Darnell has competed in 10 Nationwide Series events this year, with two top-five finishes, after spending three seasons in the Truck series. The race this weekend will be his Sprint Cup debut. He is also scheduled to run in the Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Northern Tool will be the primary sponsor for the New Hampshire and Kansas races. Academy Sports & Outdoors will be Darnell’s primary sponsor at Atlanta, Talladega and Texas.

“Racing in the Cup series is every driver’s goal," Darnell said. "The Cup series is where the best of the best compete and I am looking forward to racing against those guys. I’m excited that Northern Tool and Equipment will be able to make the jump with me and that Academy Sports and Outdoors has agreed to sponsor me as well. I am confident that this team can give both of these great sponsors good runs in these upcoming races.â€

Labonte is in his first year with Hall of Fame Racing. The 2000 Cup champion is 30th in the driver standings, with just one top-five finish and five races where he failed to finish.

“This is a move that will be beneficial to Yates Racing surviving this difficult economic time,†Labonte said. “Of course, I’m disappointed that the sponsorship environment is so challenging right now, but I intend to make the most out of the remaining races that I’m behind the wheel for Ask.com, DLP and Hall of Fame Racing.â€

Hall of Fame has not announced plans for the 2010 Cup season or whether Ask.com is coming back with the team or planned on continuing the Yates Racing relationship.
 

flap_jackson

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I didn't even know Darnell was still around...

But really, anybody that's in that car will run poorly...
 

dpkimmel2001

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Bobby Labonte has started 568 consecutive races. The streak ends this weekend. :(

Good guy but time marches on.

He is second on the all time consecutive start list to #24-Jeff Gordon, who has started 569 straight races.
 

dpkimmel2001

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Labonte to race at Atlanta for TRG Motorsports

Bobby Labonte will drive at Atlanta in the Pep Boys 500 after all.

Yates Racing is forcing Bobby Labonte to share the No. 96 car, so he'll drive for TRG in the races he would have missed instead.

After Labonte was dismissed from his driving duties for seven of the remaining 12 races in the No. 96 Yates Racing Ford, the 2000 Cup champ has agreed to pilot the No. 71 Chevrolet for TRG Motorsports in those seven events starting this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Yates Racing announced on Monday that rookie Erik Darnell, who has two Craftsman Truck Series wins since joining the Roush Fenway Racing family in 2004, would share the ride with Labonte for the remainder of the year.

Labonte, who is currently 30th in the point standings, leads the tour with six win at Atlanta -- all which were earned behind the No. 18 car while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Overall, Labonte's posted 12 top fives, 13 top 10s and led 959 laps in 33 starts.

David Gilliland, who has competed in 22 races for TRG this season, will continue driving for the team in the remaining events.