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Will Danica trump Earnhardt?

Updated: August 26, 2011, 1:48 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Although Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't have a Sprint Cup championship and hasn't won a race since 2008, he's always had one thing to cling to -- being the most popular driver in NASCAR's top series.

Now he may be giving that away.

Hello, Danica Patrick!

By bringing the IndyCar Series marketing darling into the Nationwide Series full time in 2012, as officially was announced on Thursday, Earnhardt may be naming his own successor in popularity.

Not ...

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