With Junior out of the picture, focus at DEI turns to Truex

Martin Truex Jr. drove in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shadow in 2007. No longer. Now that Junior's out of the DEI picture, writes Mark Ashenfelter, all eyes are on Truex.

Updated: February 7, 2008, 7:17 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Even as he was winning his first Cup race and qualifying for the Chase, Martin Truex Jr. was stuck in the shadows at Dale Earnhardt Inc. And even as DEI rightly did everything it could to start building him up last year, it could only accomplish so much -- until now.

Even if Truex had won the championship a year ago, there are many who still would have been talking about his teammate, the one who announced he was leaving the team back in May.

Yes, ...

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