The wheels of change continue in NASCAR as Bobby Labonte and Petty Enterprises have parted ways.
The leading rumor is that Labonte will land with the merged teams of DEI and Ganassi giving them a team of Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola, Juan Pablo Montoya and Bobby Labonte.
That sounds like a rock-solid lineup to me, sort of reminding me of what they have at RCR. Labonte in the role of Jeff Burton, Truex in the role of Kevin Harvick, Almirola as Clint Bowyer and Montoya as Casey Mears.
If they really work together I think this is a team that could make some noise. But first Labonte has to sign on the dotted line (and I can't really imagine where else he would go). I think like Burton, the move could provide a second wind for Labonte, who has been wasting away at Petty Enterprises.
As for Petty Enterprises, this move seems like a forebearer to a merger with GEM, unless they fold altogether, which would really be quite sad. The rumor there is that only the 43 car would survive the merge with A.J. Allmendinger, who had a solid run as a fill-in in the 10 car over the final month of the season, getting the seat.
The GEM-Petty team would then have a lineup of Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson and (possibly) Allmendinger. I can' t say I'm as impressed with that lineup as the merged Ganassi teams.
As always, stay tuned.