The 15, which won 2 Daytona 500's with Michael Waltrip at the wheel, will not run in 2009 unless a driver and sponsor can be found. With the latest driver, Paul Menard now driving a Ford for Yates Racing, apparently the 15 will be on hold in 2009. The 8 of Aric Almirola as of now has announced no sponsorship for 2009, though supposedly the plan is to attempt a full Cup season in the car.
The really big news as of right now is that the 41 is no longer 'owned' by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Jeremy Mayfield has registered the 41 number for at least the Daytona 500, and Jeremy Mayfield is the owner of that team. They're also running Toyota's, and so far as I know Earnhardt Ganassi isn't running Toyotas this year.
I sincerely hope that the 8 car of Almirola picks up some sponsorship in 2009. It would be a shame to see a number with such a storied history be eliminated from competition in 2009 because no sponsor can be found. This is still an Earnhardt owned car, and the quick decline from prominence on the track is disturbing.
The 2009 season is shaping up, and there are a ton of changes. Some of these changes are probably good for the sport, but probably an equal number are not so good.
Here's hoping for a good 2009 season.