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Some driver moves pay off, some clearly do not

Richard Petty driving for Mike Curb, Darrell Waltrip going to Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt moving to Richard Childress Racing were three very different moves. And they go to show that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't, writes Ryan McGee.

Updated: July 9, 2008, 6:32 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Tony Stewart's decision to bolt Joe Gibbs Racing to become a driver-owner isn't merely the biggest Silly Season move of 2008; it's one of the biggest career shifts in NASCAR history. But it's way too early to tell whether it will go down as brilliant or a bust. Only after Smoke gets a couple of years under his belt will we know whether it was worth all the trouble.

Five years from now, will we be hailing the greatness of Stewart Haas Racing as it competes alongside Hendrick, ...

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