Earnhardt Joins Hendrick, Hendrick Kicks Busch To Curb

We've just learned Dale Jr's going to the team that's pretty much the Dominator of the sport these day — Hendrick Motorsports. But since Nascar only allows a team to have four drivers, and Hendrick's already got four — we've been wondering who's it gonna be? Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are both proven winners signed to long-term deals. Mears is a young'un, but he was just signed to a new multiyear deal beginning this year, plus he's BFF's with Jimmie-John. There's only one man left to cull from the ranks — and it appears based upon reports this afternoon from the Associated Press — it'll be 22-year-old Kyle Busch. The kid may have some talent, but he's been seen by some as a "source of consternation" and frankly, he's disposable compared to bringing on Earnhardt.

Earnhardt Joins Nascar Powerhouse Hendrick [NYT]

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