I’ve been conferring with my buddy”Spence” and there is speculation that the former DEI #1 now EGR#1 Bass Pro Chevy may be gone at season’s end! Now that DEI or Earnhardt-Ganassi has parked the #8 Chevy for lack of sponsorship, it is quite possible that at season’s end Bass Pro moves it’s sponsorhsip to another team!! That seemed to be what Jimmy Spencer was alluding to Saturday afternoon on Speed! He seemed to think that Pro Bass had another home at the end of the season with another team. Hmmmmm!
Let’s see just where that might be! Tony Stewart’s USAC midgets and sprint cars are sponsored byBass Pro . Could that be a possibility for the #39 Stewart-Haas Chevy driven by Ryan Newman??? It seems that this could be the future home Bass Pro .
Still another possibility would be for Martin Truex, Jr. to take the Bass Pro sponsorship and move to another team for the 2010 season. It is this reporter’s opinion that Truex is destined to leave EGR, mainly for his own career survivability!!! Truex needs to UNHITCH his wagon from a crumbling organization ASAP???
It appears that Theresa has been successful at destroying the empire that her husband, Dale Earnhardt,Sr., worked so very hard to build!!! Thersea has handed over the day-to-day operations of this organization to Chip Ganassi. It is this reporter’s opinion that she will fold the DEI operations and pull competely out of NASCAR racing all together, more than likely at the end of the 2009 season!!
The former DEI #8, now EGR#8 Chevy is off the track most likely for good!! The team has laid off 40-50 personnel. The latest news out from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing is that the #8 EGR Chevy is without sponsorship, and therefore they suspended the operations for that team! This was once the “hallmark” team of DEI!!!! The #8 was the pride of a “BIG E”!!! The #8 held special meaning to the Earnhardt family. That was the number that Ralph Earnhardt, Dale Sr’s father, raced for many years and won a championship. The #8 team was what Dale Earnhardt, Sr. built DEI all around. This team was going to be his (Dale , Sr.’s) centerpiece for Dale Earnhardt Inc.!!!! Now it is just a memory!!
It appears that DEI is crumbling into ruins, kind of like the Roman Empire did mor than a thousand years ago!!! The reasons behind this failure belong to just one person, Mrs.Theresa Earnhardt. First Theresa refused to come up with a new contract to keep Dale, Jr. racing for DEI in the #8 Budweiser Chevy. Because of that decision, the next domino fell really fast and very hard. Budweiser left DEI and took their HUGE dollars over to the #9 GEM Dodge. That deal alone caused DEI a huge financial hardship, which will be shown to be the pivotal decision in the ultimate collapse of DEI!!! It is this reporter’s opinion that Theresa Earnhardt has made some really incredibly stupid decisions since her late husbands untimely death!! But by far the biggest blunder of all was allowing her stepson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to walk away from the empire that Dale, Sr. had built!!! Because once Jr. walked away from DEI, the dominoes just started to fall sequentially and nothing could be done to stop the uncontrolled fall in the abyss!!!
There are many rumors in the mill around the garage area related to this story. One is that because of the #8 operations being suspended, that might allow Martin Truex, Jr. to become a free agent soon. If that happens, what will become of the EGR #42 team? Ultimately, what is that organization’s long term future in NASCAR anyway?