Junior's future in his own hands, drivers say

Speculation mounts on the heels of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that he is leaving the company his late father started. Drivers offer mixed reactions, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: May 11, 2007, 7:29 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Two drivers who could be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s teammates next year say they could see him fitting in at Richard Childress Racing. A teammate who won't be one by season's end, meanwhile, said Dale Earnhardt Inc. will continue on without the driver.

Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer, along with Kevin Harvick, drive for RCR, the team many consider the favorite to land Earnhardt's services in 2008. Earnhardt said he'll take some time to make his decision, but that didn't stop ...

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