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[September 12, 2009]  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Dodge is calling Richard Petty's decision to move to Ford next season "a business decision."

HardwareDodge president and CEO Mike Accavitti says the defection of Richard Petty Motorsports will not affect its manufacturer commitment in NASCAR.

Dodge will field cars in 2010 for Penske Racing, and Accavitti says the focus remains on becoming the leading manufacturer in the Sprint Cup Series.

RPM announced Thursday it will merge with Yates Racing next season and field a four-car Ford team.

Dodge's support to RPM slowed this season as parent company Chrysler went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, and the decreased funding led the team to look at other manufacturers.

[Associated Press; By JENNA FRYER]

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