Mcmurray Busch Deals Final

Silly season is fast coming to an end.

Two of the biggest pieces of the puzzle fell into place on Monday.

The futures of Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch became official when the two were released by Ganassi Racing and Roush Racing, leaving the duo free to join their new teams for the 2006 season.

McMurray will now be able to join Roush Racing next season, where he will drive the team's No. 97 entry.

Busch will now head to Penske South Racing and assume driving duties for the team's Miller Lite No. 2 Dodge, which will be driven by Rusty Wallace for two more races this year before his retirement.

"We are pleased that Kurt and Roush Racing were able to reach an agreement on Kurt's release and appreciate the professionalism that it has taken to arrive at this result," team owner Roger Penske said. "Kurt's joining us for 2006 will provide a smooth transition for the team and our sponsors."

Ganassi will shrink to a three car effort in 2006 and field entires for Reed Sorenson, David Stremme and Casey Mears, who will move from the No. 41 to the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge.

"We've been working hard to find a driver solution for Texaco/Havoline, and we are fortunate that we could offer them Casey," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "Some recent positive developments have allowed us to make this move, and we couldn't be happier with how things are shaping up for the 2006 season."

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