Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Will the real Dale Jr fans please stand up!

As expected, Dale Earnhardt Jr announced today that he will drive for Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2008 for five years. Junior will be replacing Kyle Busch, who is leaving after contract negotiations didn't go his way. No one knows what car he will drive or who will be the sponsor, but we do know that this will divide the JR Nation. Many people belive that Dale Jr has "sold out" and is "working for the enemy".

Rick Hendrick and the drivers of HMS are proven winners. The Hendrick Motorsports organization has stepped up their testing with the COT, and have proven they can handle that new journey. Hendrick Motorsports has also won 10 out of 14 races. HMS has dominated Restrictor-Plate races, that once were dominated by Dale Jr and DEI. It will be great to see Junior leading at Talladega and Daytona again. I will love being able to go to races and see him take the Checkered Flag first. It is long overdue!

When announced in May that he would become a free agent, he said that he wanted to win races and championships. What better team is there, then Hendrick Motorsports.

During the press conference, all Dale Jr was doing was smiling. We haven't seen that smile in a while. He knew he had made the right decision, and his father is smiling down on him. Dale Jr even said that his father would be jealous of him. Rick is going to take care of Dale Jr and treat him just like a son. This is something great for both of them.

I just don't understand how people can say that love Dale Jr one moment and then hate him the next. I don't like Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson and I promise you that I will NOT be rooting for them no matter what anyone says. I consider myself a huge Dale Earnhardt Jr fan and I will follow him no matter where he goes. The diehard fans will be the ones that support him through this, while the bandwagon fans will jump ship and latch on to someone new.

That's a shame because Earnhardt fans are some of the best. I just wish all the fans that didn't stick around for this next fun adventure a "Goodbye". I understand you have to do what is best for you. Just remember, Dale Jr did what was best for him. Let's all get ready for the 2008 season. It is going to be so much fun!