RYR hoping Kvapil will continue successful tradition of No. 28

Updated: November 18, 2007, 3:30 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Robert Yates Racing will resurrect the No. 28 next season with driver Travis Kvapil.

The number, which has been driven by 10 of the 40 winningest drivers in NASCAR history for 76 victories, hasn't been used since Ricky Rudd was behind the wheel at RYR in 2002.

"Hopefully, we can do the things we used to do with it," said Doug Yates, the co-owner of RYR.

Among those that have driven the 28 are Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Davey Allison, Dale Jarrett and Ernie Irvan.

Davey Allison won 19 races with the number between 1987 and his tragic helicopter death in 1993. Rudd last drove the number from 2000 to 2002, collecting three wins and 53 top 10s. He was fifth in points in his first season, fourth in 2001 and 10th in 2002.

Yates is making the switch because it gave the No. 88 to Dale Earnhardt Jr. to use at Hendrick Motorsports next season.

"We hope it brings back the good times we had before," he said. "It's always been a number we've been fond of."

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

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