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          NASCAR NEWS - Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007

Kenny Wallace to sub for injured Rudd at Richmond
First driver to miss from race-related injury since '03
By Official Release

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Yates Newman Haas Lanigan driver Ricky
Rudd will not race this weekend in the Nextel Cup Series
at Richmond International Raceway as a result of a
separated left shoulder sustained in an accident during
Sunday's race at California Speedway.

Team owner Robert Yates has selected Kenny Wallace to take
over driving duties for Rudd this weekend at RIR. Wallace
has recorded 11 starts this season in the Nextel Cup Series
with his most recent as a replacement driver for Kyle Petty
in August at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"We'd like to thank Kenny Wallace for driving the No. 88
car this weekend at Richmond," Yates said. "Our focus is
to get Ricky well so that he can finish out the season
with the No. 88 team but we are excited to have Kenny
behind the wheel of the Ford this weekend."

Rudd sustained the shoulder injury in a multi-car accident
on Lap 180 in Sunday's race at California Speedway, when
contact from another car sent the No. 88 machine into the
outside retaining wall of the frontstretch (watch video).
Rudd was treated and released from the Loma Linda
University Medical Center on Sunday before returning to

After examination on Tuesday by a Charlotte area physician,
specializing in shoulder and elbow injuries, it was
determined Rudd will not require surgery on his shoulder.
In addition to rest, Rudd will begin a rehabilitation
program this week in Charlotte. Rudd will receive an
evaluation next week to determine if he will be able to
return as driver of the No. 88 for the Sept. 16 race at
New Hampshire International Speedway.

"It's pretty disappointing to me to miss the race this
weekend in Richmond," said Rudd, who will be the first
driver to miss a race due to a race-related injury since
Jerry Nadeau in 2003. "I've never missed a race due to an
injury but I still feel lucky because it could've been a
lot worse. Obviously, the fact I cannot race at Richmond,
my home track, upsets me but I will be there with the
team this weekend to assist in any way I can. I'd like
to thank Kenny for being able to step in this weekend."

Wallace said he talked with Rudd on Wednesday, and that
helped him get adjusted to sitting in for the veteran.

"I think what makes me feel comfortable about this is that
Ricky was at the shop this morning [Wednesday] and we had
a really good talk, and I told him that he could help speed
my process up by showing up at the racetrack and helping me
with the lingo with Butch Hylton, the crew chief," Wallace
said. "Ricky was super good about it, really nice, so that
makes me feel real good about it. It's a lot easier
situation when the driver that is hurt is really behind
you -- and I've known Ricky for so long."

Rudd earned the title of NASCAR'S "Ironman" as he currently
holds the record of the most consecutive starts at 788.
For 25 seasons, Rudd did not miss a race due to injury
with the most consecutive starts streak ending at the 2005
season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rudd took a
year off from competition in 2006 before returning behind
the wheel of the No. 88 Ford in 2007.


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Eury Jr. to be crew chief for Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick
Grubb to move into senior leadership position with team
By Official Release

CONCORD, N.C. - When driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins
Hendrick Motorsports for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series
season, Tony Eury Jr. will be his crew chief. Eury, who
has been Earnhardt's crew chief for the past two seasons,
signed a multi-year agreement with the organization this

"Tony Jr. and Dale have a successful history working
together," Hendrick said. "They have trust in each other,
which is the biggest part of the relationship between
driver and crew chief. We have the utmost confidence in
their ability to win races and compete for titles at
Hendrick Motorsports."

A Kannapolis, N.C., native, Eury will move to Hendrick
Motorsports immediately following the current NASCAR
season. He will continue the work of Darian Grubb, who
will finish the 2007 schedule as crew chief of the No. 25
Chevrolets before moving into a senior competition role
with Hendrick Motorsports.

"Dale Jr. and I are both excited to continue working
together," said Eury, 34, who has been Earnhardt's crew
chief or car chief for the majority of the driver's NASCAR
career. "With the resources we'll have at Hendrick
Motorsports, it's an opportunity to consistently run up
front and be in title contention every year. The goals
are winning races and winning championships."

Grubb, 31, who hails from Floyd, Va., will coordinate the
at-track engineering efforts of the Earnhardt and Mears
teams with emphasis on supporting Eury's transition to
Hendrick Motorsports and Mears' switch to the No. 5 Cup
Series program.

The personnel moves will give Hendrick Motorsports
additional depth with the Earnhardt and Mears teams.
Grubb, who earned a championship as an engineer with
the No. 48 Chevrolets and has won three times in 29 races
as a crew chief, will work hand-in-hand with veteran team
manager Brian Whitesell.

"We've asked Darian to shoulder more responsibility and
take another step," Hendrick said. "With all the challenges
and difficult situations we've thrown his way, he has
always proven to be successful. Darian is a star in our
organization and his contributions will be vital to our
future success.

"This is an extremely talented group we're putting behind
Casey and Dale Jr. With the combination of Alan
[Gustafson], Tony, Darian and Brian in key leadership
positions, we feel strongly that both teams will have the
tools to be successful in 2008 and beyond."

Hendrick Motorsports is evaluating alternative numbers for
the Earnhardt team, which currently uses the No. 25 on its
Chevrolet racecars. A timetable for that announcement has
not been set.


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Yeley to drive No. 96 car next year for Hall of Fame
Phoenix native to drive for new Phoenix-based owners
By Official Release 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hall of Fame Racing has signed J.J. 
Yeley to drive for the No. 96 team in the Sprint Cup 
Series beginning in 2008. 

Yeley's debut in the No. 96 car will come in February's 
Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. His 
entry into the prestigious event came via his first career 
pole at Michigan International Speedway this past June. 

"In 23 years of being involved in professional sports, I 
have worked with many great athletes," said Jeff Moorad, 
owner of Hall of Fame Racing. "J.J Yeley's determination 
to succeed reminds me of many of the championship athletes 
that I have been around in my career. He is hungry and 
determined to win races and championships and to do it 
with class. We look forward to J.J. being an integral part 
of Hall of Fame Racing and to winning with him going 

Yeley comes to Hall of Fame Racing from Joe Gibbs Racing, 
the team for which he drove full time in the Nextel Cup 
Series beginning in 2006. Yeley will take over for Tony 
Raines, current driver of the No. 96 Chevrolet, following 
the conclusion of the 2007 season. 

"After meeting with Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel it was 
easy to see why both of them have been so successful with 
the Arizona Diamondbacks and their other past ventures," 
said Yeley, whose contract with Hall of Fame Racing runs 
through the 2010 season. "Both of them are very determined 
to be successful. They know you can't just come in and 
throw money at the team and expect to win races. The 
benefit of this team is that there's already a great 
history and foundation in place with equipment from Joe 
Gibbs Racing, which is equal to the best equipment in the 
sport. All those things added up to make me feel that Hall 
of Fame Racing and DLP will be the best fit for me." 

Yeley brings a strong motorsports pedigree to Hall of 
Fame Racing. The son of seven-time Arizona Midget Racing 
Association and two-time World of Outlaws midget champion 
"Cactus" Jack Yeley, J.J. came to stock cars by way of 
open-wheel midget and sprint cars in the U.S. Auto Club 
(USAC), and it was his outstanding 2003 season that put 
him top-of-mind among Nextel Cup car owners. 

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The second-generation driver from Phoenix reeled off an 
amazing 24 USAC wins in 2003, breaking the single-season 
record set by racing legend A.J. Foyt, who won 19 races 
during the 1961 season. In addition, Yeley became only 
the second driver in USAC history to win the Triple Crown 
by capturing the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown champion-
ships in a single season, joining his current Joe Gibbs 
Racing teammate Tony Stewart as the only other driver to 
accomplish that feat (1995). 

Yeley has two other USAC championships along with an 
Indianapolis 500 start in 1998. But it's NASCAR that Yeley 
now calls home, as his 68 career Nextel Cup starts and 110 
Busch Series starts attest. 

"When you leave an organization like Joe Gibbs Racing, one 
of the top teams in NASCAR, you want to try to make the 
right step to be more successful," said Yeley, who finished 
a career-best second in May at the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's 
Motor Speedway. "I've never had to make a decision this 
difficult in my life, but I'm confident that Hall of Fame 
Racing will be competitive week-in and week out and build 
the future team around me as their driver. The affiliation 
with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the great people in 
Phoenix was just an added bonus that makes it the perfect 
fit for me." 

"We are very much looking forward to J.J. representing DLP 
and our retail partners," said Dave Duncan, sponsorship 
marketing manager for DLP Products and Texas Instruments. 
"We've had a relationship with J.J. the past two seasons 
as an associate sponsor on the No. 18 car and look forward 
to working with him in the future." 

"It's been great to see DLP come into the sport," Yeley 
said. "I have a TV in my bonus room that's a 61-inch DLP 
HDTV that is a favorite of my family. They're just a great 
sponsor that I've had an affiliation with in the past and 
I'm looking forward to being a part of this team. I'm 
really looking forward to the opportunity to take them to 
Victory Lane." 

Raines has driven for Hall of Fame Racing the past two 
seasons and will drive the final 11 races in 2007. 
"I very much enjoyed working with everyone at Hall of Fame 
Racing and DLP," Raines said. "I can't thank them enough 
for everything they did for me and both companies are class 
organizations. We had some success, especially in the Car 
of Tomorrow races and I look forward to running the final 
11 races, including the five COT races. We're going to do 
our best to finish out strong before we go our separate 
ways. I wish them the best of luck in 2008 and beyond." 

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