The Frontstretch: Earnhardt, Jr. To Announce He's Driving No. 5 For Hendrick in 2008 by Thomas Bowles -- Tuesday June 12, 2007

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Editor’s Note : It’s official : The Dale Earnhardt, Jr. press conference is over and it’s been confirmed : He will be a Hendrick Motorsports driver in 2008. Stay with for all the latest updates concerning this breaking story. Our Mike Neff was at the conference and will be filing an update this afternoon…

In the meantime, click here for a press release about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. joining Hendrick Motorsports.

Click here for a statement from Kyle Busch regarding his departure from Hendrick at the end of 2007.

Click here for Budweiser’s initial response in the wake of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.‘s big announcement.

Click here for ESPN reaction in the wake of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.‘s big announcement.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has called a press conference for 11:00 AM Wednesday out of his race shop in Mooresville, NC. The purpose of the conference will be to announce he’s driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2008, multiple sources are telling this afternoon.

The press conference, televised live on SPEED, will last for one hour during which Junior will supposedly reveal his plans for the future. While speculation has run rampant that Richard Childress Racing, then Joe Gibbs Racing were the frontrunners to land Junior, it appears he’ll go to the powerhouse that’s been dominating Nextel Cup to the tune of ten wins in fourteen races this season.

At the moment, sources are conflicted in what will happen to Kyle Busch; some say he’ll be headed to Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in an unprecedented driver swap, while others say his future is undetermined as of yet. However, with Joe Gibbs Racing, Ginn Racing, and RCR all denying they’re a part of the press conference tomorrow, it seems clearer than ever that Junior is headed towards joining the Hendrick Motorsports clan – at Kyle Busch’s expense.

Stay with for all the latest on this developing story. For some immediate reaction and analysis, check out Fronstretch contributor Vito Pugliese’s column by clicking here.

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