CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Paul Menard will leave Dale Earnhardt
Inc. at the end of the season to drive for Yates Racing, The
Associated Press has learned.
Menard is expected to announce Tuesday that both he and his
sponsorship will move to Yates, a person familiar with Menard's
decision told The AP. The person requested anonymity because Menard
had yet to make his announcement.
The loss could ultimately cripple DEI because Menard's sponsor
is his father's midwest-based hardware chain. The loss of driver
and sponsor leaves DEI with just one full-time sponsor and three
drivers signed for next season.
DEI is a four-car team this year, but has lacked full
sponsorship for rookie Regan Smith's team all season.
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