Petty out at Pocono
is expected to skip his second straight race next week at Pocono since the end of his deal with TNT, team officials said.
"We're still working through a few things," said Robbie Loomis, the vice president of racing operations at Petty Enterprises.
The most likely candidate to fill in is Chad McCumbee
, who attempted to qualify the car at Texas earlier this year. Terry Labonte
, who replaced Petty on Sunday to guarantee the car would get into the field, already has agreed to drive for Gillett Evernham Motorsports next week in place of Patrick Carpentier
. Carpentier is racing in the Nationwide Series in Montreal on Saturday and won't pull double duty.
Loomis declined to speculate on whether Petty, who before Indianapolis took six races off to serve as an analyst for TNT and another to attend his daughter's wedding, will drive the No. 45 car next season.
-- David Newton
Riggs moves into top 35
Haas CNC Racing hasn't had a lot to celebrate on the track this season, but Scott Riggs
' 25th-place run at the Brickyard was cause for celebration.
With the finish, Riggs' No. 66 Chevrolet moved into the top 35 in owners' points, assuring him a spot in the field next week at Pocono, Pa. Riggs' good fortune was Michael McDowell
's disappointment, as the Michael Waltrip Racing rookie dropped to 36th in the owners' standings with a 34th-place run in his first Allstate 400. McDowell finished 42nd and 43rd in two of three races prior to Indy in the No. 00 Toyota, leaving little room for error this weekend.
McDowell will have to qualify on speed next week, but if he gets in, he could race off the bubble, trailing Riggs by just 14 points.
-- John Schwarb