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Waltrip Racing unlikely to sponsor Truex in 2014

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Martin Truex Jr. could be looking for a new sponsor next season.

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman says there's a "low probability" he'll fund sponsor-strapped driver Martin Truex Jr. in 2014.

NAPA Auto Parts announced early this month it was ending its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of MWR at the end of the year in the wake of the Richmond cheating scandal.

Kauffman has pumped in much-needed cash and brought stability and accountability to the organization since he formed a partnership with Waltrip.

Kauffman is a founder of the Fortress Investment Group. He also founded RK Motors and has stepped in to fill occasional sponsorship gaps in the past.

Kauffman was at Dover Sunday and a NASCAR track for the first time since the scandal hit. He returned from overseas to get MWR reorganized.

He says Ty Norris is a "valuable member" of the organization but refused to comment on any future role for the suspended MWR crew chief.

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