6.13.07

4 mile on the mill late a.m.

Dale Earnhard Jr. is announcing [as I write] his decision to go with Hendrick Motorsports next year. I was surprised. I really though he would go to RCR but I think this will be a good fit. There is obviously a long-standing good relationship between Dale Jr. and Rick Hendrick that maybe wasn’t out front so not too many people knew about it. I think he will be like a father figure to Jr. and Jr. needs that. He needs someone in victory lane telling his he’s done a good job, and I don’t think he’s had that since his dad passed. Jr. is also good friends with the other drives in the Hendrick camp — that will be a good thing.

Next year will be interesting to watch. As far as the sponsor and the number, that’s still all up in the air and will be worked out in the next few months. I would suspect that Hendrick and DEI will trade the numbers 5 and 8 and the sponsor that Jr. currently runs for will remain [unfortunately] — Bud has been with Hendrick before [back in the day].

I suspect that next year, from the fan’s eye, everything will “look” the same.

It is very interesting to me how you have a Sr. [Rick Hendrick Sr.] who has lost a son [Rick Hendrick Jr.] and a Jr. [Dale Earnhardt Jr.] who has lost a father [Dale Earnhardt Sr.] and now the two come together as a team. I think all around this will be a good marriage for both Hendrick Sr. and Earnhardt Jr. I think they “need” each other in a strange kind of way.

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