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Deb
08-07-2007, 02:21 AM
Busch chooses Gibbs as his next team


LINK (http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/7097570)
A source close to Busch told The Associated Press that the driver had selected Gibbs after a seven-week search that began when Hendrick Motorsports released the 22-year-old driver to make room for Dale Earnhardt Jr. (http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/cup/driver?statsId=88&categoryId=168) next season. The source requested anonymity because the deal was not finalized.

"Kyle has made his decision and is in the process of informing the teams of his preference," said Jeff Dickerson, who represents Busch through Motorsports Management International.
"As there are many details that still need to be worked out, Kyle will not be making that decision public at this time."


Two car owners who had actively pursued Busch told the AP that the driver informed them Monday he had not selected their teams. They requested anonymity because they didn't reveal Busch's selection.
Gibbs currently fields cars for two-time series champion Tony Stewart (http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/cup/driver?statsId=87&categoryId=168), Denny Hamlin (http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/cup/driver?statsId=1283&categoryId=168) and J.J. Yeley (http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/cup/driver?statsId=1120&categoryId=168), who is in the final year of his contract. Busch is expected to replace Yeley, who has not put up the results necessary to keep his ride.


While Stewart and Hamlin are thick in Nextel Cup title contention, Yeley is 21st in the standings with just one top-10 finish.
Busch signed with Rick Hendrick shortly before his 18th birthday and immediately began racing in the Busch Series. He had previously driven for car owner Jack Roush, but was able to void his contract when NASCAR passed a rule that said all drivers had to be at least 18.