“One of our concerns is that this don't disturb what we've got going with Dodge for the rest of the year,” he said, “That's one of the things that we're trying to keep down as much as possible. We know we're going to finish up the year. We've got obligations to Dodge; we've got obligations to our sponsors and stuff that we've got to carry out this year. We can't just say we're going to stop right now and get ready for next year. It don't work that way.”
Jim Utter of Thatsracin.com
reported Friday night that McArdle had left the racetrack at Richmond after a heated argument with majority owner George Gillett.
“Not that I know of,” Petty said when asked if McArdle was still with the organisation, “From what I could pick up, I think yesterday was his last day. You'll have to talk to him and George. That was between them.”
Petty said he did not anticipate the structure of the RPM organisation would change with the merger.
“RPM will still own RPM,” he said, “Richard Petty Motorsports is there, and it's going to stay intact, with the same investors and the same people that's running it right now. ... Basically, it will absorb the Yates operation.”
by Reid Spencer / Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service