Petty Enterpises ( 43, 45 Dodges ) Bobby Labonte is taking the wheel of the famed No. 43, replacing Jeff Green, who will be joining Hass CNC Racing in 2006. Jeff Gordon's former crew chief Robbie Loomis will come aboard as VP of racing operations, but not until the end of the season. A terrific pairing. Labonte, the 2000 Cup champion, wasn't happy with the direction Gibbs Racing took as it expanded its operation in recent years. With the Petty's, all their resources will be centered on getting that 43 competitive again. Wood Brothers / JTG Racing ( 21 Ford ) Ricky Rudd is "taking a break" from full-time racing at the end of the season. Also, the Wood Brothers will become a two-car team at some point after announcing a partnership with ST Motorsports owner Tad Geschickter. The two-car operation could be a few years down the road and there remains sponsorship issues with the 21 car. Ken Schrader will reportedly take over in 2006, with Jon Wood, son of co-owner Eddie Wood, moving to the Cup Series in 2007. Chip Ganassi Racing ( 40, 41, 42 Dodges) After announcing plans to expand to four teams during the summer, there's been a change of plans. Jamie McMurray has been released from his contract and will move to Roush Racing in 2006. Casey Mears, who received an extenstion but had been slated to jump from the 41 into the new fourth car, will instead take over the 42 ride. The other changes remain the same. David Stremme will replace Sterling Marlin in the No. 40 car, while Reed Sorenson is the new driver of the 41. Sorenson will continue to drive most, if not all, the Busch Series races next season. Impending changes to cars and possible ownership limits probably played a part in Ganassi's decision to finally grant McMurray his release. Roush Racing ( 6, 16, 17, 97, 99 Fords) Kurt Busch is leaving the No. 97 to drive Penske Racing's No. 2 car. Jamie McMurray, after initially being pegged to take over for Mark Martin in the No. 6 car, will jump into Busch's car after being granted his release from Chip Ganassi Racing. Martin, who had planned to retire after this season, will return for one more year with AAA replacing Viagara as the team's primary sponsor. Todd Kluever, currently driving for Roush in the Truck Series, will replace Martin in 2007 after a year of seasoning in the Busch Series. It was a long strange trip, but everything worked out in the end. Well, except for Martin, whose Cup career has been extended another season by all the maneuverings. Penske Racing ( 2 , 12 , 77 Dodges ) Kurt Busch signed a multi-year deal to replace the retiring Rusty Wallace in the No. 2 ride and has been granted his release from Roush Racing. Ryan Newman has a new deal to drive the No. 12 that carries through the 2009 season, with an additional three-year option. Joe Gibbs Racing (11, 18 , 20 Chevrolets ) Bobby Labonte (No. 18) and Gibbs Racing will part ways after 11 seasons and one championship (2000) together. After some solid finishes during his stint as the replacement for the dismissed Jason Leffler in the No. 11 car, Denny Hamlin has been chosen for that ride full-time next season. He'll run a full Busch Series schedule as well. Tony Stewart (No. 20) is signed through 2009. Rumors that he would leave Gibbs dogged Labonte all season. Whatever the reason, the team hasn't meshed the past few years. J.J. Yeley will be in line for the #18 ride despite struggling in his opportunities this season. He got first shot in the No. 11 after Leffler's dismissal, but crashed several times. Hall of Fame Racing ( 96 Chevrolet ) The startup team owned by former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach has everything lined up for 2006 after choosing two-time Cup champion Terry Labonte and journeyman Tony Raines as it drivers. Labonte will drive the first five races of the season as well as the two road-course races, while Raines will drive the remainder of the events. Philippe Lopez, formerly of Richard Childress Racing, will serve as crew chief. The car will be sponsored by Texas Instruments. Labonte was chosen to take advantage of his champion's provisional because the team has no points to fall back on from 2005. It takes a little pressure off as otherwise they would be forced to qualify by speed, an iffy propisition for a startup team should Raines have started the season. After the first five races, they are assured of making the remainder of the season's races as long as they are in the top 35 in points. MB2 Motorsports ( 01, 14, 36 Chevrolets ) Valvoline has joined forces with Evernham Motorsports and is taking the No. 10 with them. Losing the Valvoline sponsorship hurts, but MB2 still hopes to field a three-car operation next season and is moving to a larger building. Joe Nemechek has signed an extension and will continue to drive the No. 01 Army car. Sterling Marlin will drive the No. 14 (formerly the No. 10). Boris Said will probably be back in the No. 36, haven't heard any news saying otherwise. He's a terrific road racer, but he's struggled on the ovals. Evernham Motorsports ( 9, 10, 19 Dodges ) Ray Evernham will start a third Cup team in 2006, the No. 10 Valvoline car, formerly of MBV Motorsports. Scott Riggs completes the package. Kasey Kahne (No. 9) signed a long-term extension. Terms weren't disclosed, but the deal will reportedly take him through 2010. Jeremy Mayfield is signed through 2008 in the No. 19, but crew chief Slugger Labbe has been dismissed from the team. Kenny Francis has replaced Labbe for the rest of the 2005 season. Kahne's crew chief Tommy Baldwin could also be out the door before the end of the season. Meanwhile, Evernham continues to groom 24-year-old Erin Crocker. After announcing in September that she'd drive a full Busch Series schedule next season, Evernham has backtracked. Instead Crocker will drive a full Truck Series schedule with Busch and ARCA races mixed in. Bill Davis Racing ( 22, 23 Dodges ) Michael Waltrip and sponsor NAPA have joined the fold for 2006. Waltrip is likely to drive the No. 23 car as Davis expands back to a two-car operation. No. 22 sponsor Caterpillar is signed through 2007, but Scott Wimmer will not be back in the seat next year. The Cup operation suffers without the support of Dodge, which didn't take kindly to Davis joining forces with Toyota in the Truck Series. Toyota is rumored to make the move to the Cup Series in 2007 and the speculation is that Waltrip will be a key driver for the manufacturer. Haas CNC Racing ( 0 Chevrolet ) Jeff Green will replace Mike Bliss in the No. 0 car in 2006. He'll reteam with crew chief Harold Holly, with whom he won a Busch Series championship in 2000. The team has shown flashes at times this season, but life as a one-car operation is difficult. It'll be surprising if Green enjoys much more success than Bliss. No word yet on what's in the plans for Bliss' crew chief Bootie Barker. Dale Earnhardt Inc.( 1, 8, 15 Chevrolets ) Michael Waltrip and DEI will part ways after this season. After a hard push from Penske to replace Rusty Wallace in the No. 2, Martin Truex Jr. remained loyal and signed on the dotted line to drive DEI's No. 1 Cup cars with Bass Pro Shops as the primary sponsor. Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. signed a multi-year extenstion to remain at DEI and has reunited with Dale Earnhardt Jr. The No. 15 car will be a part-time team with Busch Series driver Paul Menard scheduled to run a seven-race schedule. Three teams would have been just too much for DEI, especially after a disastrous 2005. Menard has shown flashes and another year of seasoning in the Busch Series will do him good. Richard Childress Racing ( 07, 3, 29, 31 Chevrolets ) Jeff Burton (No. 31) is signed through 2007. Kevin Harvick's contract runs through 2006, but after Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch signed with other teams while still under contract, there were some rumblings that Harvick might be ready to do the same. Richard Childress, though, says Harvick is committed to the No. 29 team for next season. Harvick, who missed the Chase for the second consecutive season, recently suspended contract extension talks with RCR until he sees what changes are made to improve the team. As for the No. 07, Childress has decided to replace Dave Blaney with Clint Bowyer, who will pull double-duty by racing full-time in the Busch Series for another year as well. Despite some promising tests, Champ Car veteran Paul Tracy's plans to race in an RCR-prepared car have been called off twice (Michigan and Atlanta). If Tracy is to race in NASCAR, it no longer appears as if he'll be breaking in with RCR. Robert Yates Racing ( 38, 88 Fords ) Elliott Sadler (38) and M&M's are signed through 2008. Dale Jarrett is signed through 2006 to drive the 88 car, with UPS on board through 2007. Both teams failed to make the Chase, so with an eye toward next season, Yates moved veteran crew chief Todd Parrott from Sadler's team to Jarrett's team. Kevin Buskirk will serve as interim crew chief for Sadler. A third team? Yates is talking to sponsors, but it's looking doubtful this will get off the ground for 2006. Hendrick Motorsports ( 5, 24, 25, 48 Chevrolets ) Jeff Gordon (24), Jimmie Johnson (48) and Kyle Busch (5) aren't going anywhere. Gordon will have a new crew chief in 2006, Steve Letarte, 26, who has already assumed duties from Robbie Loomis. Loomis is joining Petty Enterprises as executive vice president of race operations at the end of the season. Until then, Loomis will serve as a consultant. Brian Vickers has solidified his position in the No. 25 car. The only way he's going anywhere is if someone steals him away.