#38 was only an informal discussion August 28, 2007Posted 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