Joey Logano will stop driving Sprint Cup Series races this season for Hall of Fame Racing.
The 18-year-old phenom is set to replace Tony Stewart in Joe Gibbs Racing's flagship No. 20 next season. The team scheduled him for a handful of starts in a fourth JGR entry this year, and loaned him to Hall of Fame for another five races.
But his first two races in the No. 96 were a struggle: he finished 32nd in his Cup debut in New Hampshire and was 39th last week at Kansas.
Logano was scheduled to make three more starts for Hall of Fame this year, but instead will turn the wheel over to Ken Schrader and focus on the Nationwide Series. He's still scheduled to drive the No. 02 for JGR in Atlanta later this month, and he'll compete in the Truck Series and ARCA Series races at Talladega this weekend.
NO RETURN: Rusty Wallace denied a report by his brother that claims he is considering a return to NASCAR's top level.
Kenny Wallace wrote in his SpeedTv.com blog that the 52-year-old former Cup champion is pondering a return to the Sprint Cup Series, and said it was rumored he'd fill a seat at Dale Earnhardt Inc.
"I love Kenny to death -- he's been trying to get me back in a car ever since I retired after 2005," Rusty Wallace said in a statement issued through his son, Greg. "While any rumors like this are certainly flattering, they're untrue. I have a long-term commitment to ABC and ESPN and I really love what I'm doing right now."
TRADING PLACES: Paul Menard will take sponsorship from his father's hardware stores to Yates Racing next year.
Menard announced he won't return to Dale Earnhardt Inc. next year -- the only race team he's known since coming to NASCAR in the Nationwide Series in 2003.
Luring Menard allows Yates to concentrate on finding fulltime sponsorship for his other two cars.
MOVING ON: AJ Allmendinger said he didn't think he'd be at Red Bull Racing for this week's race at the Talladega. He was correct.
The team said truck racer Mike Skinner will drive the No. 84 Toyota at Talladega this week and again at Lowe's Motor Speedway a week later. Current ARCA racer Scott Speed will drive the car in the other Sprint Cup Series races.
Speed is expected to drive the car fulltime next year.
KANSAS EXPANSION: Kansas Speedway is certain to get a second racing date in 2010 or by 2011, NASCAR chairman Brian France said.