RPM starts Dodge-to-Ford transition

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Richard Petty Motorsports is set to put one driver in a Ford for the remainder of the season.

Elliott Sadler will drive a Yates Racing Ford in next weekend's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

A.J. Allmendinger will drive one in the final three at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.

RPM and Yates are finalizing a merger that will move RPM from Dodge to Ford in 2010. Team officials said it's in the hands of attorneys and basically down to paperwork.

They added that no hang-ups are anticipated and that RPM will use the Fords, purchased from Yates, for the remainder of the year even if the final papers aren't signed.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.