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Bay-area drivers take sponsor hits

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It has been a bad start to the weekend for Tampa Bay area Sprint Cup drivers, and it could get worse.

UPS announced Friday that it will sponsor the No. 6 Ford driven by David Ragan, 22, at Roush Fenway Racing beginning in 2009.

The move negatively impacts Zephyrhills' David Reutimann, who has used the brand on his No. 44 Toyota at Michael Waltrip Racing since Dale Jarrett's retirement earlier this year.

ESPN.com reported that Stewart-Haas Racing is close to signing the Army for Ryan Newman's new program next season, which would leave Tampa native Aric Almirola without a benefactor on his No. 8 Chevy at Dale Eanrhardt Inc.

Logano is a go

Rain washed out Cup qualifying for the second straight week. But this time, Joey Logano gets to race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

A week ago at Richmond Logano, 18, was out because he was entered in a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing car that had no owner points. This week, Logano is in the No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing entry, 39th in owners points. So Logano will start 40th in Sunday's Sylvania 300.

The field was set by points, meaning all 12 Chase drivers will start up front, with Kyle Busch on the pole.

Also: NASCAR said it will not punish Trucks driver Ron Hornaday after his admission to using testosterone in 2004 and 2005. … Kimi Raikkonen, who signed a one-year extension keeping him with Ferrari through 2010, led practice for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza with a lap of 1 minute, 23.861 seconds on the 3.6-mile track.

Brant James, Times staff writer; Times wires

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