Ginn Is In For Junior

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NASCAR fans, wave goodbye to the red No. 8.

And, you won’t be seeing the black – or even the red – No. 3 anytime soon.

Watch for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to make a break with the past to get his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career off to a fresh start. There’s an excellent chance that will happen with Ginn Racing.

Since the beginning of the season, the third-generation star could read the writing on the wall – and in the Wall Street Journal – that his days with Dale Earnhardt Inc. were numbered.

While Richard Childress Racing was the popular choice to sign Dale Jr., the fact that DEI announced a few days after the split that it was entering an engine-building partnership with RCR has cast doubts on that move. More telling, though, was the fact that the news caught Earnhardt Jr. by surprise.

Jr. could have made a lot of money going to RCR and driving for the team that fielded cars for six of his father’s seven championships.

It’s not money, though, that Jr. wants.

It’s a title. Victories. Respect.

Why is Ginn Racing his best choice?

Picture the pairing of Little E with Mark Martin. The veteran would be his perfect driver-coach. While Earnhardt Jr. has demonstrated he is very capable of winning races – with 17 NEXTEL Cup Series victories to back a couple of Busch Series titles – he tends to get frustrated when his car is not perfect. Earnhardt Jr. is ready to go to the next level, and Martin would be the perfect person to take him there.

The car number or color isn’t that important.

If Dale Jr. showed up at Daytona in a purple car in February, half the grandstand will be wearing purple. Didn’t his father start off racing in a pink car?

Running a Chevrolet for Ginn Racing, with Mark Martin as a mentor, makes sense for Little E. It also could be the first step in taking him to a NEXTEL Cup championship.

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