Mears: Childress Racing, other teams still in mix for driver's services

Updated: August 15, 2008, 6:44 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Although multiple sources say Casey Mears is headed to Richard Childress Racing next season, Mears contends it's not a done deal.

Mears said on Friday at Michigan International Speedway that he is talking to more than one team about his Sprint Cup future.

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Penske Racing also has had discussions with the Hendrick Motorsports driver about replacing Ryan Newman in the No. 12.

"Hopefully, I can get something squared here soon," Mears said. "I'm still not sure yet exactly what's going on. Hopefully, we can get something sorted out real quick.

"It's still up in the air on what is going on. I'm not going to say what team 'cause I don't know. If I knew I'd give some answers."

Sources said RCR continues to work out details as ESPN.com's Terry Blount reported last week that would put Mears in the Jack Daniels sponsored No. 07 currently being driven by Clint Bowyer, who would move to the No. 33 that will be sponsored by General Mills.

The switch would have to be made because General Mills reportedly isn't comfortable with Mears because of his association with rival sponsor Kellogg's at HMS.

RCR then would petition NASCAR to move the points from the No. 07 to the No. 33 so Bowyer would be guaranteed a spot in the first five races next season.

Asked about the possible switch, Bowyer said, "We're still working on that."

RCR owner Richard Childress, who made Friday a target date to name his fourth driver more than a month ago, said "things aren't totally in place yet."

"Nothing is done," he added. "Nothing has been signed yet."

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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