Points Swap At Yates

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Hall of Fame Racing today announced the No. 96 Ask.com Ford Fusion and Bobby Labonte as the manufacturers’ wild card entry into the famed Budweiser Shootout following NASCAR’s rule change on Friday.

“The No. 96 joined the Ford family at the right time,” said Hall of Fame Racing Co-Owner, Tom Garfinkel. “We’re pleased to get Hall of Fame and Ask.com into the Shootout and have an early chance to start working towards solid top-five and top-10 finishes this season. We are pleased to be working with Bobby Labonte and Yates Racing and look forward to seeing this combination of talent come together for the first time in the Shootout.”

Labonte and the No. 96 will also receive Yates Racing points from the No. 38, piloted by David Gilliland in 2008. The transfer will put the No. 96 in 27th position going into the Daytona 500 in February.

Yates Racing’s No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion will start the 2009 season in 23rd position after a points transfer from the No. 28. Paul Menard will drive the machine for the full 2009 season. Travis Kvapil will start the season as a fresh entry in the No. 28 Yates Racing Ford.

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