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Source: Martin to leave DEI in 2009, Almirola to race full time

Updated: June 22, 2008, 9:48 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

SONOMA, Calif. -- NASCAR veteran Mark Martin will have a new racing home in 2009, ESPN.com has learned.

Martin was unavailable for comment Sunday. Officials for Martin's current team, Dale Earnhardt Inc., would neither confirm nor deny the speculation, but did confirm that young Aric Almirola would run a full-time schedule in 2009.

"Aric is ready for a full-time ride," said John Story, DEI vice president of motorsports operations. "There's a lot of interest in sponsorship for Aric. ...

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