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Merger keeps Petty in team name

Updated: January 19, 2009, 6:45 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- At the top of Richard Petty's list of deal-breakers when merger talks began between Petty Enterprises and Gillett Evernham Motorsports was to keep his name in the title of the company.

Meet Richard Petty Motorsports. Or "RPM," as some might call it.

The four-car Sprint Cup organization does not have any reference to majority owner George Gillett and keeps basically the same blue-and-red logo that symbolized Petty Enterprises for the past 60 years.

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