LOUDON, N.H. -- Ricky Craven will leave PPI Motorsports at
the end of the 2004 Nextel Cup season.
Craven and team owner Cal Wells issued a joint statement Friday,
saying the split was in "their mutual best interest.''
"Both Cal and Ricky want to see the best for each other and
remain focused on the second half of this season,'' the statement
Craven, in his fourth season with Wells' team, goes into
Sunday's Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway 31st
in the points. In the first 18 races this season, Craven has not
started a race higher than 17th and hasn't finished better than
Both of Craven's NASCAR Nextel Cup victories came in PPI
Motorsports cars. He won at Martinsville in 2001 and at Darlington