Kyle Busch has decided where he will race next season, after agreeing to drive the #18 Interstate Batteries machine in 2008 and beyond. Informed sources tell Sirius Speedway that that Busch will replace J.J. Yeley, and that Yeley will move to Wood Brothers/JTG Racing next season to steer the #21 Ford Fusion. Yeley’s agent, Kyle Chapman, said there is currently no signed deal between his client and Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, and that Yeley is in discussion with a number of teams about possible rides for next season.
In addition, JGR will jump from the Chevrolet to the Toyota camp beginning in 2008, joining Michael Waltrip Racing, Bill Davis Racing and Team Red Bull on the list of teams running Toyota Camrys. Neither Busch nor Joe Gibbs Racing have made any official comment on the move, but published reports say that Gibbs officials have informed Hall of Fame Racing that they will not continue to provide the team with engines next season, prompting Hall Of Fame to contact Richard Childress Racing about a similar engine-supply deal for 2008. HOF spokesman Joe Crowley said today that there is no truth to those reports.
And finally, Canadian Patrick Carpentier will be announced tomorrow morning as the driver of Gillett-Evernham Racing's #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge this weekend at Watkins Glen. Carpentier will replace Scott Riggs on a one-race basis.