Paul Menard will leave Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season and move to Yates Racing. It's an important pickup for Yates since Menard comes with sponsorship from his father's hardware chain. The departure leaves DEI with three drivers but only one full-time sponsor for 2009. Bass Pro Shops will continue to sponsor Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 1 Chevy, but the No. 8 of Aric Almirola and No. 01 of Regan Smith may not have full-time backing in 2009.
-- Michele Vincze