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UPS makes move; Stewart stays; Said-Roush relationship

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Tom Jensen

   
 
During the Pepsi 400 on FOX, SPEEDTV.com's Tom Jensen provided Instant Analysis, brought to you by Cingular. Check out this excerpt with answers to your Silly Season questions.

Where can brown move for you?

Todd from El Paso, Texas: What is the Future of Yates Racing/Elliot Sadler in the coming season? Will he change cars now that the No. 88 is available? Tom Jensen: CitiFinancial will take over sponsorship of the No. 88 next year, with UPS moving elsewhere. Sadler won't change cars within the team; but whether he stays with RYR is up in the air. My sources tell me he'll go if he can.

DEI takes the fourth

Michael from Lewisburg, W.V.: Given that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart are not only buddies, but seem to run well together at restrictor plate races, could Stewart drive the fourth DEI car in the future, or who are you hearing would be in that ride next year? Tom Jensen: Tony Stewart in a fourth DEI car? No way, no how, not in this lifetime. Tony's got a great situation at Joe Gibbs Racing. I asked Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Friday night about the fourth DEI driver, and he said he'd have to think long and hard about it. But here's a name for a possible crew chief: Tony Eury, Sr.

Said is Roush's sixth car?

Jo from Rock Hill, S.C.: Tom, from what I've read, Boris Said is getting chassis, engines, engineering support, telemetry data and pit crews from Roush. So at what point does this become a sixth Roush team, and will NASCAR step in because of their intent to limit organizations to four teams? Tom Jensen: No, this is not a sixth Roush team; it's a business deal. Said is teaching road racing to all Roush Racing drivers who want it on the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck levels. And he's paying Roush for cars and engines. Kelly from Katy, Texas: I heard a rumor that for the 2007 season, the motocross star Bubba Stewart is going to take over the Sobe/No Fear ride Boris Said has started? Any truth to that? Tom Jensen: Kelly, I've heard Bubba's named bandied about for other rides, but I strongly doubt Said would give up his seat in his own car. He worked too long, too hard to get here.
Tagged: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart

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