Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Dale Jr's new number is 88
Hendrick Motorsports announced today at a PepsiCo convention in Dallas that 88 will be the number for the car to be driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 2008 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. The sponsors will be the Mountain Dew AMP Energy Drink and National Guard. Robert Yates said he agreed to transfer the 88 to Dale Jr. because his grandfather Ralph Earnhardt used that number and he respects the Earnhardt family. Yates has not announced his new number but he has announced Travis Kvapil as the driver. Dale Jr. was unable to get the #8 from Teresa Earnhardt and that number will be driven next year by Mark Martin & Aric Almirola and sponsored by the US Army. And what about Dale Jr.'s former sponsor Budweiser? They announced yeaterday that they will sponsor the #9 Dodge owned by Gillett Evernham Motorsports and driven by Kasey Kahne. Here's video of the unveiling of the #88.