Ryan Pemberton, who was to lead No. 8 team, leaves DEI; Richert stepping in

Updated: December 11, 2007, 9:14 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Crew chief Ryan Pemberton has left Dale Earnhardt Inc., and the team said Doug Richert will replace him beginning Wednesday.

Pemberton was scheduled to lead the No. 8 Chevrolet that will be co-driven next season by Mark Martin and Aric Almirola.

"Ryan is immensely talented and has always been sought-after," DEI general manager John Story said Tuesday. "He's now chosen to pursue some of those opportunities and we wish him nothing but the best."

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