Ginn hopes to have decision before Friday qualifying

Updated: July 24, 2007, 1:30 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ginn Racing hopes to have a decision on the future of the No. 13 car before Friday's Nextel Cup qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com

The financially strapped organization has been in discussions with Dale Earnhardt Inc. about possibly selling the No. 13 team for its owner's points or merging with the company formed by the late Dale Earnhardt.

There have also been discussions with selling the points to the No. 78 car of Kenny Wallace in time for Sunday's race at Indianapolis. The Barney Visser-owned team is 42nd in points and has made only nine races this season.

Ginn could also race the car with Joe Nemechek if a sponsor can be lined up at the last minute for the high-profile race.

But sources said it is clear the car, 34th in owner's points and comfortably inside the top 35 guaranteed a spot in each race with a 244-point lead over 36th, will not be idle this weekend.

Nemechek, which has reportedly been in discussions to drive the No. 08 car for E&M Motorsports this weekend, was released from Ginn last week to pursue other opportunities with Ginn struggling to find sponsors for the Nos. 13 and 14 cars.

Sterling Marlin is being replaced in the No. 14 the rest of the season by rookie Regan Smith.

David Newton covers motorsports for ESPN.com.

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