Should Teresa Have Given the "8" to Dale Jr?
The sponsorship woes have hit more than one team this year, and this is the second of the Ganassi cars parked in less than a year. Dario Franchitti was in the 40 car last year when sponsorship dried up.
Aric was expecting the news, and really has nothing else planned, anticipating "something" will come together shortly.
Us NASCAR fans who watch every minute of the pre-race shows and follow the sports religiously already know what the next rumor will be. It seems Martin Truex Jr has a clause written into his contract that the EGR operation must be a three car team. Right now it's two cars, he and Juan Pablo Montoya. Apparently, if the team goes below three cars, Martin is free to look for another ride. NASCAR Raceday disputed that rumor last Sunday, stating that the Bass Pro-Shops sponsorship is tight through the end of Martin's contract with EGR. I'm not buying that. I'm betting Bass Pro-Shops will go with Martin Truex Jr., should he decide to move to another team, IF another offer is out there.
Either way, one can uncerstand why a sponsorship for Aric can't be found handily. He's outside of the top 35 in owner points and has no guarantee to start. The way he has qualified and raced isn't exactly a confidence builder or a draw for any sponsor looking for someone to fall in with.
Opinions abound about this latest development in the wreck that Dale Earnhardt Inc. has become since Dale Earnhardt Jr left the family business to join Hendrick Motorsports. Many have said the 8 is "cursed" because Teresa wouldn't let Dale Jr take the number with him. Certainly, the popularity has diminished drastically. It is sad to see the 8 reduced to has been, but truthfully, didn't we all forecast that? I know I've read more than one article predicting their demise.
I sense the end of Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Hopefully it isn't the end of two promising racing careers. Both Martin Truex Jr and Juan Pablo Montoya deserve a chance to show their stuff in quality equipment with strong teams behind them. Maybe if Jr and Kelley had control, but that's just a dream.
So weigh in, what do you think? Will EGR be here come 2010? Will Dale Jr and Kelley be given an opportunity to take it over?