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Rudd tabbed to drive No. 28 or No. 88

Updated: January 8, 2007, 3:24 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robert Yates turned to a familiar face to help turn around his struggling Nextel Cup organization.

Ricky Rudd, who drove the No. 28 Ford for Robert Yates Racing from 2000-2002, will return to NASCAR's premier series after a year off to replace Dale Jarrett.

"I saw fire in Robert's eyes when I met him the other day," Rudd said on Thursday. "He's ready to get this operation turned around. The whole operation is hungry. I couldn't be back at a more opportune time."

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