Apparently Monday we could see an announcement about the pending merger between Petty Enterprises and Gillett Evernham Racing. With the merger, GEM would absorb the No. 43 entry made famous by seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty. The Pettys, starting with Lee, have been a part of NASCAR since the sanctioning body was formed 60 years ago. The new GEM stable would feature at least three cars, with Kasey Kahne continuing in the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge, Reed Sorenson taking over the No. 43 Dodge (with sponsorship from the Air Force) and AJ Allmendinger driving the No. 19 entry. Reports are conflicting about the future of the No. 10 Dodge, which has a vacant seat. Check out nascar.comfor several stories about the merger and Petty legacy.
-- Michele Vincze