Could Dale Jr. Race the 3 in 2008??

August 21, 2007 at 4:49 am 3 comments

I may be totally off the mark here, but since the news story broke last week that DEI, well, actually Teresa wants to keep the 8. The fact is, noone else will want to drive or sponsor that number.  It belongs to a TRUE Earnhardt by name, not by marriage.  Teresa would not have been a Earnhardt if it wasn’t for Jr’s dad.   ANYWAY, back to what I think:

I think Dale Jr will race the 3 car next year for Hendrick.  Yes, Jr said he would not want to racethat number right now.  Things change.  How ironic would it be that RCR releases the 3 and then gives it to Jr and he kicks DEI’s butt in a Hendrick car?  Hendrick has a much more professional organization then DEI pre or post Ginn merger.  Hendrick is truly in it to win it.  DEI is in it because Dale Sr. was.  DEI’s prime existence right now is to sell the Dale Earnhardt image.  If I remember right, Teresa still makes money from all of the 3 hats and more that they STILL sell even 6 years after Dale died.

Call me crazy, but since the number Dale Jr. wanted to race under, the 8, is not his anymore, maybe he will reconsider….and get the 3 from RCR.  The thing is, Richard would GIVE it to Jr and Hendrick likely with no questions asked.

Like the 8, the 3 should be raced only by a Earnhardt and I can’t think of anyone else who would want to race either of these numbers.


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  • 1. Shannon  |  August 21, 2007 at 8:41 am

    As wonderful as I think that would be, if Teresa is still making money off of the number, then she would still have control over JR. Jr fans would start buying the 3 to support him but some of that would go back to her. Clearly no one wants to deal with her in any form or fashion so its best for Jr to make a complete break from her and DEI. He should just drive a car with some form of an 8 on it. 88, 08, 81, whatever.

    Man, I wish Sr was still alive….

  • 2. gorkon  |  August 21, 2007 at 10:37 am

    So do I Shannon. So do I. I am not sure if Teresa/DEI make money of Sr. Collectibles or if it’s RCR. I’d have to check on that. Personally, I think Teresa may just own the Intimidator image….the E stripes and the Dale Earnhardt signature stuff. She may have to pay RCR a portion of each sale to use the 3. If I find out, I’ll update my post.

    Like I said….call me crazy, but I think that would be the icing on the cake if Jr was able to run the 3. That would just piss Teresa off!

  • 3. Steve  |  September 7, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Gorkon!
    It’s funny I found your site today. I was hanging with the guys after work yesterday and we were talking about what # Jr would be in next year and I brought up the same situation. I would love to see Jr jump in that 3 car and show Teresa a little somethin back. I think if this happens though, HMS and RCR should keep it quiet and throw down at Daytona in Feb. What a boost for a falling NASCAR fan base. The stands would be full again, win/win situation for all!!!

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