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      Roush Fenway Vs Gillett(RPM)

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      Roush Fenway Vs Gillett(RPM)
      Oct 21, 2010 05:41:49 pm
      Kahne released early from RPM   

      By Diego Mejia   Thursday, October 21st 2010, 04:55 GMT

      Kasey Kahne has been released from driving duties by Richard Petty Motorsports, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series outfit announced on Wednesday night.

      The 30-year-old will depart his current team sooner than expected after a fallout with his squad after last Saturday's race at Charlotte. His #9 Ford was driven to the chequered flag by JJ Yeley following mid-race repairs after Kahne crashed against the wall and into Sam Hornish's Penske Dodge.

      Kahne was reportedly unhappy during the event after suffering brake issues, which had already hampered him in previous races. The malfunction caused him to struggle and eventually crash on lap 125 of 334, and Kahne then felt too unwell to get back in the car according to reports from team officials during the race.

      However Kahne later revealed that there had been some friction between him and the outfit, following the incident Saturday.

      "I was told that I needed to start doing my part, is what one guy told me last night after the race," Kahne told reporters at Charlotte last Sunday. "I told him he needed to start doing his part."

      Red Bull Racing Team announced in August that it had agreed for Kahne to drive for the team in 2011 before he takes over from veteran Mark Martin at Hendrick.

      Kahne announced last April that he was leaving RPM at the end of the season after signing a multi-year deal to drive for Hendrick Motorsports from 2012.

      Aric Almirola had been entered as the driver for the #83 Red Bull Toyota for this weekend's Chase round at Martinsville, but he is now expected to take over the #9 car at RPM, while Kahne could probably accelerate his arrival at Red Bull.

      Kahne has not enjoyed a good 2010 season with no wins to his name despite three pole positions. He currently ranks 21st in the Sprint Cup standings behind RPM team-mate AJ Allmendinger.

      More news that made me smile. Gillett's NASCAR team falls out with it's best driver. Good news for him
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      Re: Roush Fenway Vs Gillett(RPM)
      Reply #1: Oct 23, 2010 10:18:28 pm
      Officials from Petty, Roush Fenway hold meeting

      Subjects to include long-term financial future of RPM in shaky times
      By Sporting News Wire Service
      October 21, 2010
      06:11 PM EDT

      Kasey Kahne's departure from Richard Petty Motorsports, announced Wednesday night, was only the first in a series of hurdles faced by the organization.

      Principals of RPM and Roush Fenway Racing, which supplies chassis, engines and technical support to RPM, were meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the long-term financial future of the organization originally formed by the January 2009 merger of Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Holdings.

      As the hauler for Kahne's No. 9 Fords was being re-decaled Thursday in the RPM parking lot, the short-term future of the organization was clarified in the wake of reports that Roush Fenway had repossessed cars intended for RPM's use in the Oct. 31 Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

      With immediate issues apparently settled, the chassis were returned to RPM from Roush (located across the street from RPM near the Concord, N.C., airport) on Thursday morning. The engines for the Talladega cars are due to be delivered Friday morning, Sporting News has learned.

      Tad Geschickter, Marcos Ambrose's current owner at JTG Daugherty Racing, told Sporting News that Ambrose recently had asked for an early release from his ride in the No. 47 Toyota, but that current sponsor and promotional obligations prevented that request from being granted. That was the status quo as of Wednesday night, when Geschickter last spoke to Ambrose.

      "Our plan at this point is to finish out the year," said Geschickter, who has hired 2000 Sprint Cup champion Bobby Labonte to replace Ambrose in the No. 47 next year.

      Kahne notwithstanding, RPM's other drivers -- A.J. Allmendinger, Paul Menard and Elliott Sadler -- will compete for the organization in Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville. Sadler and Menard will leave RPM at season's end. Allmendinger re-signed with the team and will be joined by Ambrose in 2011.

      Two recent watershed events have clouded the landscape at RPM. First, New England Sports Ventures, with John Henry the principal owner, recently acquired the English Premier League's Liverpool soccer team in a forced sale through the Royal Bank of Scotland for $476 million from owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

      On this side of the Atlantic, Henry is better known as the owner of the Boston Red Sox and the partner of Jack Roush in Roush Fenway Racing. Gillett, who in 2009 sold his controlling interest in the Montreal Canadiens NHL team, owns majority interest in Richard Petty Motorsports, an RFR affiliate.

      New England Sports Ventures agreed to retire approximately $317 million of Gillett's and Hicks' $376-million debt to the Royal Bank of Scotland on acquisition of the Liverpool team.

      Hicks, a former owner of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team, called the deal an "extraordinary swindle" and threatened legal action. Yet, on Thursday, representatives of Henry and Gillett participated in the meeting in Concord in an attempt to define and secure the future of Richard Petty Motorsports.

      Second, Kahne's departure under less-than-ideal circumstances turned the spotlight on RPM. Citing illness as the reason, Kahne refused to return to his car during Saturday night's Bank of America 500, after the No. 9 Ford had been repaired following a wreck.

      Instead, J.J. Yeley completed the race. The next morning, Kahne ran a sub-23-minute 5K in a charity race he sponsored.

      That incident was a contributing factor in Kahne's release from RPM and early appearance at Red Bull.

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