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Busch announces plans to leave Hendrick

SCENEDAILY - 2:19PM ET WEDNESDAY JUNE 13, 2007 -

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Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Busch is leaving the team at the end of the 2007 season. He issued a statement regarding that decision this morning.

"We had been working on a contract extension for me to remain at Hendrick Motorsports, but after prolonged negotiations, we mutually agreed that a fresh start was in order. I have been granted a release after the 2007 season.

"I have tremendous respect for Mr. [Rick] Hendrick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports. It's where I grew up, and I have a lot of great memories.

"I kind of feel like I'm graduating. I'm excited about my future, and I know a lot of opportunities await because of what everyone at Hendrick did for me - on the track and off.

"I still have a job to do this year, and will give it my all - just as I've always done - to make sure we put the No. 5 car in victory lane a few more times before the year is out."



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