Double-Eights For Dale Earnhardt Junior

Dale Earnhardt Junior announced today that he will drive the number-88 Chevrolet when he moves to Hendrick Motorsports next season. The ride will be sponsored by Pepsi, with the company's Mountain Dew soft drink and Amp Energy drink featured on the car. The National Guard will also be involved in the sponsorship.

Earnhardt has driven the Budweiser-sponsored number-eight Chevrolet for DEI since 2000. And he tried to take that number with him to Hendrick, but stepmother Teresa Earnhardt refused to give up her rights to it. Mark Martin and Aric Almirola will co-drive that car next year and it will be sponsored by the U.S. Army.

Budweiser will become the primary sponsor for the number-nine Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne.