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Which number will Hendrick drop? The 5 or 25?

It's been all about the 8 since Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided to join Hendrick Motorsports. But the 5 and the 25 have history, too, and Rick Hendrick can't keep both, writes Marty Smith in Door-To-Door.

Updated: August 30, 2007, 3:31 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Of the myriad unanswered questions surrounding Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s move to Hendrick Motorsports, it seems the one given the least consideration by fans and media is which car number HMS will forego in favor of Junior's new digits.

The team isn't prepared to divulge that just yet. It is no small decision and is quite emotionally charged, given team owner Rick Hendrick's personal history with the numbers in question.

Unlike other sports, where most every jersey number, ...

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