And It Begins...


Having officially passed the halfway mark of the NASCAR season, the fun really begins. Not only do we get closer to the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, but the season affectionately known as "Silly Season" begins.

With Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that he will be driving for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, the team becomes even more dominant than before. How will Dale Jr. mix with NASCAR champions Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson?

The announcement also comes with a price - driver Kyle Busch will depart Hendrick for places unknown.

Will Kyle Busch replace Dale Jr. at Dale Earnhardt Inc. or head over to Richard Childress Racing where Jeff Burton has talked about RCR adding a fourth team? Or will he go to Ginn Motorsports or a Toyota team or another team that no one has been talking about - Hall of Fame Racing? Troy Aikman, one of Hall of Fame Racing's owners, has said they would like to add a second team.

Anything is possible with Silly Season. These two announcements are just the beginning of what could prove to be a high movement year for drivers and teams.

Kansas Speedway, the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, could be one of the final times that fans see Earnhardt, Jr. and Kyle Busch drive for DEI and Hendrick Motorsports, respectively.

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