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Top News: Sprint Cup teams still playing Dodge-ball

Dodge still looking for a taker for 2013 season

Since Penske Racing announced March 1 it was moving from Dodge to Ford for the 2013 season, Dodge has been left without a NASCAR Sprint Cup series team for next season. The manufacturer later unveiled its new cars for the 2013 season, hoping to attract a team, but that hasn’t happened yet.

According to a report in USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/story/2012-05-30/dodge-nascar-decisions-indycar-andretti-autosport/55293030/1), Dodge remains without a set plan for NASCAR for next season. One report states Dodge will lure IndyCar’s Auto Andretti into NASCAR as there are no firm plans from current NASCAR teams. The Sprint Cup teams without a chassis contract for next year are Richard Petty Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing and Front Row Motorsports.

“We identified a process for the evaluation of the 2013 NASCAR program,” said Beth Paretta, director of marketing and operations for Dodge’s SRT brand and motor sports. “We are continuing to follow that process and are within our established timeline. We’re pleased with the number of inquiries that have been received about the Dodge motor sports program and continue the evaluation process. As decisions are made, we will announce them at that time.”

Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and AJ Allemendinger sit 11th and 24th in the standings, respectively.

Hamlin, FedEx Sport Special Paint scheme for FedEx 400

For the second straight year, Denny Hamlin and FedEx have teamed up for a special design for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Hamlin, who drives the No. 11 car for Joe Gibbs Racing, will have a special autism-themed paint scheme, featuring the blue puzzle piece paint scheme on the sides, and a large white single puzzle on the hood of the car.

Hamlin will also be on hand the night before the race to attend a pep rally before leading the NASCAR Unites Track Walk and Sunoco Free Fuel 5K run scheduled to begin after the conclusion of Saturday afternoon’s Nationwide Race. Hamlin will lead the walk from the SPEED stage in the FanZone before the event begins.

the first 11,000 fans through the gates Sunday will receive a mini-diecast No. 11 car that will serve as a FedEx Office coupon. Hamlin currently sits 16 points out of the championship lead in third and boasts two victories.

Gordon, DuPont Unveil 20th Anniversary Paint Scheme

Jeff Gordon and DuPont have been together for 20 seasons and the pair will celebrate the longest driver / owner sponsorship currently in NASCAR in the season’s final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 15th. Gordon, who has had rainbow colors adorn his car for years, will drive a special Hot Hues Cosmic Dust Silver Metallic No. 24 to finish the season. The car was unveiled Thursday morning at the DuPont Performance headquarters.

“I’m very fortunate to have an incredible sponsor like DuPont that has invested so much in me and this No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team,” Gordon said. “To stick with one driver and one team and to still be here with us today celebrating our 20th full season, is really incredible.”

The four-time champion boast 85 victories but has had his share of bad luck this season. He sits 22nd in the points standings heading into Sunday’s race at Dover.

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