Dale Jr.'s decision to drive the No. 5 scrutinized

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he was just being a good sport when he hopped into rival Kyle Busch's car for the final nine laps of the Samsung 500. Terry Blount asks: What was he thinking?

Updated: April 17, 2007, 6:44 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- For the record, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not signed a new deal with Hendrick Motorsports.

Believe it or not, some people e-mailed to ask that question after Earnhardt jumped in Kyle Busch's car at the end of the Samsung 500.

The reaction at the track was pretty simple: "Whaaaaat?"

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision by Earnhardt, but was it the right thing to do?

Some fans will see it as a sportsmanlike gesture to help a friend. ...

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