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Benson’s truck series team folds

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Associated Press
June 9, 2009
— Johnny Benson lost his ride Monday when Red Horse Racing folded his team because it couldn’t find sponsorship for the defending Truck Series champion.

“This leaves me without a ride, I’d say, and not a lot of time to put something together,” Benson said.


He said the team notified him Monday morning that the No. 11 Toyota would not finish the season. Red Horse will continue to field the No. 11 truck for T.J. Bell, who has some funding but is not fully sponsored.


“We gave it our best shot, and we tried as long as we could, but nothing materialized,” team owner Tom DeLoach said.


Benson won the Truck title last year driving for Bill Davis Racing, but informed Davis before the finale that he was moving to Red Horse because of the financial instability at BDR.


Davis sold his race teams and engine-building operation in January, and the new owners have not entered a NASCAR race this season.


RPM cuts employees, salaries

Richard Petty Motorsports laid off nine employees Monday and reduced salaries throughout the organization, a byproduct of Chrysler’s bankruptcy filing.


RPM officials took the measures because of anticipated cutbacks from Dodge, a person familiar with the moves told The Associated Press.


RPM is in the final year of its contract with Dodge, and the team is believed to be trying to switch to Toyota in 2010.


RPM currently fields Sprint Cup cars for Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and AJ Allmendinger, who are all signed through 2010, and Reed Sorenson, who is in a contract year.



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