McCumbee to replace Petty in No. 45 Dodge on Sunday

Updated: April 2, 2008, 11:33 AM ET
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It's time to reevaluate.

That's the word from Petty Enterprises which announced on Monday that Kyle Petty will not compete in the Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Truck series regular Chad McCumbee will drive the No. 45 Dodge on Sunday.

"Texas is a good track for him," Petty said. "He had a strong run going in the truck race there last year."

McCumbee finished 25th in his debut at Pocono last season when he drove two races for Petty, who moved to the television booth.

"At Pocono, he did a great job filling in for me when I went into the booth," Petty said. "Everyone at Petty Enterprises believes in Chad and his abilities. Texas gives us a chance to get another good look at Chad without throwing him to the wolves. He should be relaxed because he knows he can get the job done there."

Petty has struggled this season, and the No. 45 has dropped out of the top 35 in car owner points. His best finish was 28th at Bristol, Tenn. He failed to qualify for last week's race at Martinsville, Va.