Paul Menard has up and taken his sponsor, Menards and headed over the Yates Racing beginning in the 2009 season.
With Menards going with Paul, the Army expected to head to Tony Stewart's team, that leaves DEI with Bass Pro Shops with Martin Truex Jr.. The once mighty DEI garage, who could pad their sponsors coffers with appearances of their ex-driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is now finding themselves scrambling to find themselves more sponsors.
As it is, Almirola has no sponsor yet for the No. 8 car either.
Not looking so good, not giving Jr 51%, huh?
Well, let's see what happens and how many cars they really will be fielding in 2009!
To be fair to DEI, I'm not sure if this would not have happened anyway. Other shops are struggling with sponsorship issues too in this silly-season of economic down turns.