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BREAKING NEWS- Casey Mears June 27, 2008

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Casey Mears, driver of the #25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet, talks with owner Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2007 in Avondale, Arizona.Image by Getty Images via DaylifeHey! Quick update. Casey Mears is coming into the media center at 10:30 a.m. here at NH. Here’s the official word on Casey (below) Much Buzz about Mark Martin being the name that slips into that ride but that is unofficial and just what I have been hearing in the garage as the guy who goes into it – I’ll keep you posted. Reality is that it’s a done deal on Casey though and Casey is out. Back to the media center deadline room just wanted to get this to you ASAP. More later from NH.

Claire B


CASEY MEARS & HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS TO PART WAYS
FOLLOWING 2008 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON

CONCORD, N.C. (June 27, 2008 ) – Hendrick Motorsports and driver Casey Mears will part ways following the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

“We’ve put a ton of emphasis on the No. 5 program,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “It’s been a total team effort, and Casey has worked as hard as anyone to help us improve. We’ve tested more than we ever have, but the results just haven’t come.

“None of us, Casey included, have been satisfied with the situation this season. But he’s confident there are other options out there for him in 2009, and we feel like Hendrick Motorsports will have some opportunities, too.”

Mears will finish the 2008 Sprint Cup campaign in Hendrick’s No. 5 Chevrolets.

“I know the effort has been there, but we haven’t had the finishes to show for it,” Mears said. “I’ve never tested this much or put more energy into racing. But for whatever reason, we just haven’t been able to make it click. It’s certainly not for lack of dedication on anyone’s part.

“I’ll talk to people about opportunities and get my 2009 plans wrapped up soon, but I’m also focused on the next 20 races and finishing 2008 on a positive note. We ran well the second half last year, and I know we can do it again. I want to close this season the right way.”

Hendrick Motorsports will announce its 2009 plans at a later date.

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