Petty's team eyes Ford engine

Updated: October 15, 2009, 1:07 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Richard Petty Motorsports is exploring the option of using a Ford engine in at least one of its four cars before the end of the season, team co-owner Richard Petty said on Thursday.

Petty, whose team will continue to use Dodge engines this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, said nothing can happen until the merger with Yates Racing is complete. He gave no timetable, saying only that "it's in the hands of lawyers."

But Petty said switching at least one car to a Ford before the end of the season is the goal, if the transition can be worked out. He could not say whether Kasey Kahne, who is in the championship Chase for the Sprint Cup, would be that driver.

"Right now there are like 400 options," Petty said. "We don't know right now if we'll make the transition before the end of this season or do it all before the start of next season."

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

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