signs with Hendrick Motorsports
After rumored a "free agent"
for a while, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive for Hendrick
Motorsports in the 2008 NASCAR.
Rick Hendrick, the owner of Hendrick
Motorsports, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced yesterday the new
5-year deal which will take effect in 2008. The contract will
make teammates of Earnhardt out of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie
Johnson, both with championships in their careers.
But Rick Hendrick is not giving up to the
speculations that so much ego would make the team unmanageable.
According to Hendrick, his job is to take the talent on the
racetrack, and there - it's everybody for themselves. And with
four of the best drivers in NASCAR in 2008 , the Nextel Cup will
hardly avoid Hendrick Motorsports next year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will replace Kyle Bush in
the Hendrick Motorsports team, but it hasn't been decided yet
which car will Dale drive. He could run either with #5 or #25,
or they can try and get his #8 from DEI. The sponsor of
Earnhardt Jr. is also an unknown - Budweiser has sponsored him
since 1999, but Hendrick has four main sponsors already and is
not planning on breaking any of those contracts.
The next Nextel race is this Sunday, June
17th, in Michigan, and according to Bodog Sports, Dale Earnhardt
Jr. has the odds of winning at 12/1. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie
Johnson are favorites, as usual, with odds to win the Citizens
Bank 400 at 5/1 both. With this move by Earnhardt Jr., betting
on NASCAR next year will become even harder and for much smaller
return, if the trend by the oddsmakers, to give the Hendrick
Motorsports' drivers the favorite odds, continues.
Published on 06/14/2007