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Pooling resources makes sense for JR-Hendrick, RCR-Harvick partnerships

Why did Dale Earnhardt Jr. join Rick Hendrick's Busch Series program? Because it makes sense, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: July 31, 2007, 4:23 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

The pieces of the puzzle keep coming together for Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he builds toward his future with Hendrick Motorsports. This time, the focus is on the Busch Series.

Earnhardt Jr. has been fielding cars in the series on a full-time basis for two years now and recently has taken steps to bolster that operation, the biggest step being the hiring of Tony Eury Sr., his uncle, to head up the competition side.

Now Eury Sr. will be heading up a two-car effort, following ...

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