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Petty releases 39 employees, bringing total to 65

Updated: December 8, 2008, 4:22 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Petty Enterprises released 39 employees on Monday, bringing the total to 65 since the end of the season.

A source close to the situation said NASCAR's most storied organization, the owner of 10 Sprint Cup titles between Richard Petty (seven) and his father, Lee (three), has about 54 employees anxiously waiting to hear whether there will be a merger with Gillett-Evernham Motorsports.

"Everybody is still looking for marching orders in what direction we're going ...

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