Exide Batteries is dropping primary sponsorship of the Jeff Burton-driven Roush Racing Ford.
"We're sorry they had to make this move, but we're very pleased they'll retain an associate sponsorship position," said Geoff Smith, president of Roush Racing. "However, their decision will not have a negative effect on Jeff Burton, or the No. 99 race team, and it will not have a negative impact on our organization."
Burton has two victories this year and is fourth in the Winston Cup standings as he defends his title Sunday in the Southern 500.
New Ride: Andy Houston will drive the Cal Wells-owned No. 96 McDonald's Ford next season. Houston, the 29-year-old son of former NASCAR star Tommy Houston, has two victories this year on the Craftsman Truck Series and is third in the standings.
Cutting Edge: The father of Winston Cup star Tony Stewart hopes to add some short clippings to the family scrapbook. Nelson Stewart will drive in the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association's season finale Saturday in Greenfield, Ind.