Final practice for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway had Denny Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet fastest in the rain shortened session. Most of the rest of the fast guys were Chevys too. Pole sitter Jimmy Johnson and last week's winner Clint Boyer were 4th and 5th.
The two Roush Fenway Racing Fords of Chasers Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards were 2nd and 3rd - and Ford Motor Company must audibly sigh and thank the late Henry Ford that someone driving a Fusion may have a chance Sunday.
The late week revelation that Yates Racing may be losing the lead sponsor for the #38 car - M&M's - to Joe Gibbs Racing seems potentially devastating. Yates was the one Ford organization that seemed it might be able to compete side by side along with Roush Fenway in the NASCAR wars. Things look bleak from here for the team. Yates is only one year removed from losing the UPS backing on their second car. Now, the company that has sponsored both entries in 2007 may be heading elsewhere.
Good luck to Doug Yates. Working closely with Jack Roush may help bolster the team. Right now it sure doesn't look good.
Picture credit: Beth Anne Heisler - ON PIT ROW