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#38 was only an informal discussion August 28, 2007

Posted by claireblang in Rumors.

I worked a good part of the day yesterday on the report/rumor about Hendrick Motorsports supposedly asking for #38 from Robert Yates Racing for Dale Earnhardt Junior when he moves to Hendrick Motorsports. TIDBIT: What I was able to find out is that the topic of using the #38 was only “informal conversation” with someone at Robert Yates racing. I would guess Robert. That could range from a phone call to talk in the garage between Robert Yates and someone at Hendrick. Yesterday afternoon, a NASCAR source told me that no official request had come in for the number to them. Jesse Essex from Hendrick Motorsports replied to me by email “A formal announcement will be made when plans are in place. Thank you for the inquiry, but we do not have additional comment at this time.” No confirmation or denial. My guess is that there was informal discussion about this number but it was not to the stage of formally requesting it from NASCAR. It may be one of the numbers they were looking at on a list – they’d have to see if the number(s) are available to even discuss them but that by no means indicates they’d use that particular number. I would guess as they do their research on any of the numbers they are looking into we’ll see more rapid fire stories. I’ll keep you grounded on this as I hear more reality. CBL


1. Brandonjames8 - August 28, 2007

Can you tell them from the boards and chatrooms this number looks like the best thing, since he can’t have the 8. I am not sure if that matters most to Jr. and Rick but, it means alot to the fans, although it isnt the MOST important thing to us either it does matter some.

2. Joe Turk - August 28, 2007

I think that Dale should use the 85 number and put a period at the bottom in the middle for 8.5 as in his commercial. Great commercials could still be made of this. It will also keep the legacy of the number 8 with him for is career.

Just a thought

3. Brandy - September 7, 2007

I personally think that just as with age…it is just a number! Yes many meaningful things surround the “8”…but really does that “8” drive that car around the track? To this JR fan I don’t much mind what number’s on he’s car, just as long as he’s in it!!!

4. chris corrigan - September 7, 2007

Honestly the 8 is the best choice , although not possible. The 38 would be really cool to see on the 2008 car, in the same font as dale sr. and the current 8 . I think Jr. would see a sense of pride carrying both numbers that mean so much to him and all the fans.

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