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Kyle Petty stunned by firing of Marlin, Nemechek

USA Today - USA - Leading a parade of more than 200 motorcycles for a week can put a person out of touch with racing, and that was the case for NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Petty on Friday.

Understandably oblivious to the news emanating from the stock car world, Petty reacted with surprise when told fellow veterans Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek had been released from their rides with Ginn Racing.

"I can't believe that because they're both really good race car drivers," Petty said during a fuel stop for the Kyle Petty Charity ride on Friday.

"I think the rumor had been coming that they were going to shut down the 13 car (Nemechek's ride)."

Marlin, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, is being replaced in the No. 14 Ginn Chevy by young gun Regan Smith. Smith had shared the No. 01 Ginn Chevy with veteran Mark Martin while youngster Aric Almirola, released by Joe Gibbs Racing, will share the No. 01 with Martin. Nemechek's car is being parked due to a lack of sponsorship.
Source : Originally Published USA Today - USA, Jul 20, 2007
Celebrities : Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek, Kyle Petty
Categories : Athlete News
Posted 7/20/2007 12:07:40 AM | Permalink
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