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RPM closes in on merger with Yates

Updated: October 23, 2009, 5:15 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Richard Petty Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler will drive a Yates Racing Ford in next weekend's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Sadler, who drove for Robert Yates Racing before moving to RPM, said it will be for only one race.

RPM and Yates are in the final stages of a merger that will move RPM from Dodge to Ford in 2010. RPM owner Richard Petty said last week at Charlotte he hoped to use a Yates car for at least one race this season.

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