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Darnell to replace Labonte for 7 races

Updated: August 31, 2009, 6:14 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN

Yates Racing will replace 2000 Cup champion Bobby Labonte in its No. 96 Ford with Roush Fenway Nationwide Series driver Erik Darnell in seven of the remaining 12 Sprint Cup Series races in 2009, team co-owner Max Jones told ESPN.com on Monday.

The decision, Jones said, is neither a reflection on Labonte, nor the team. Rather, he said, it's the latest example of how teams must adapt in a difficult economy.

"There's an opportunity here, where I had races that we were on ...

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