posted on Aug, 27 2007 @ 06:30 AM
Martin To Drive #8 Car Next Year
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Mark Martin and Aric Almirola will be introduced as next season's drivers for the No. 8 at Dale Earnhardt Inc. in two weeks at
Richmond International Speedway barring a last-minute objection from sponsors, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com.
This announcement comes on the heels of Dale Jr. announcing that he will be leaving DEI at the end of the current season. Earnhardt will be filling
the seat that will be vacated by Kyle Busch at the end of the year. Busch is the leading canidate for the #18 Joe Gibbs entry next year when current
driver J.J. Yeley's contract with Gibbs expires at the end of the year.
It is also rumored that Martin will bring the U.S. Army sponsorship over in what basically amounts to a driver swap from the #01 to the #8. Also, the
number eight itself will stay with DEI for 2008. This is due to NASCAR owning the numbers that teams use. Rumors were circulating that Earnhardt would
bring the #8 with him. However, that will not occur due to NASCAR's ruling.
Silly season has just gotten started folks!