Mccumbee Andretti To Drive No 45

Petty Enterprises announced that Chad McCumbee and John Andretti will drive the No. 45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/Tire Kingdom Dodge this summer.

The duo will be filling the seat of full time driver Kyle Petty. Petty, with permission from primary and associate sponsors will step out of the car in a five race hiatus to join TNT during their six-race broadcast schedule.

Petty will return to the car during the road course event at the Infineon Raceway and provide in-car race analysis. Petty will complete the season after the July 15 event at the Chicagoland Speedway in the No. 45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/Tire Kingdom Dodge.

McCumbee, 22, will attempt to make his NEXTEL Cup debut at Pocono Raceway on June 10 during the Pocono 500. Veteran driver John Andretti will race the remaining four open races for Petty. McCumbee, currently in his second year in the Craftsman Truck Series, will have plenty of seat time before heading into Pocono. McCumbee will be assigned to various testing duties for Petty Enterprises including testing next week at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. McCumbee continues his duties for Green Light Racing.

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