Doesn't NASCAR have a limit to the number of cars on a team? With the merger of Yates and RPM, the newly created Rouschard Petty Motorsports will beat out SHR, Stewart Hendrick Racing by two. If you share engines, chassis and information, I think you are a team mate. You don't see football teams sharing their play books with the opposing teams. But I guess anything to keep Jack and Rick happy.
Hopefully the 7 team will continue to improve this year and have a better handle on the COT as we move to next year.