Mears OK with being the other guy at Hendrick Motorsports

Don't worry about Casey Mears, the other Hendrick driver. Being teammates with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson -- and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in '08 -- has its advantages, Marty Smith writes in Door-To-Door.

Updated: September 27, 2007, 9:15 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

The analysis is sadly incomplete, yet has been uttered time and again since June 13, spewed incessantly by TV bobbleheads and pounded into powder by columnists and incoherently slurred between frothy sips by fans at every watering hole in the land:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in forming one of the most formidable driver lineups in NASCAR history at Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.

That's true. But what happened to Casey Mears? He retire ...

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