Kvapil team folds

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BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Travis Kvapil had a decent day at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it might have been his final event for Yates Racing.

A lack of sponsorship is forcing the team to suspend operations today on the No. 28 Ford, team general manager Max Jones said before Sunday's race. Kvapil finished 18th, and his team is 39th in the owner standings.

Jones did not rule out reviving the team if funding comes through.

MORE ENGINE WOES: Greg Biffle , already nursing bruised ribs all weekend, couldn't do the same with his motor.

Biffle's car suffered its second engine failure this season and exited Sunday's race after 326 of the 500 laps. He finished 39th.

Biffle also had an engine failure at Las Vegas in the third race of the season. The pair of DNF's have dropped him to 18th in the points.

BACK ON TOP: Robbie Loomis returned to the top of the pit box for the first time since 2005 when he filled in as crew chief for Elliott Sadler .

Loomis stepped in for Kevin Buskirk , who was feeling ill all weekend and left Bristol on Saturday night. Loomis, the vice president of Richard Petty Motorsports, last worked as a crew chief for Jeff Gordon in 2005.

Sadler finished 20th.

OFF THE BUBBLE: Ryan Newman and Mark Martin both used strong runs Sunday to move off the bubble for the all-important top-35 mark.

Martin finished sixth and Newman was seventh, assuring both of them spots in the field for next weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway.


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