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Dale Jr.'s spinning numbers

Following Dale Earnhardt Jr. 's car number soap opera is a little like watching a roulette ball dance across the wheel.

It's going to be 8.  No, it's 81.  Wait, it's going to be 38. Or maybe 83.

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At any rate, Earnhardt the Younger -- after leaving DEI and having to relinquish his own familiar No. 8 as he joins Hendrick Mororsports for next season -- has been  trying to come up with a new number that would resonate with his fans. Not to mention somehow salvage all those No. 8 tattoos out there in NASCAR-land.

At first, there was speculation that it would be No. 81 -- probably the best solution for the tats.  Now, in a nod to family legacy, there's word that Dale Jr. will go with either No. 38 or No. 83. In either case, it would include the No. 8 with which he has become associated and honors his grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt, and the No. 3 that, of course, belonged to his late famous father, Dale Sr.

Robert Yates Racing currently has the No. 38 and Red Bull Racing has the No. 83. Negotiations with Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Jr's stepmother who runs DEI, failed to produce a deal to transfer the No. 8.

One more thing, I don't think the M&Ms come with the No. 38 -- at least they better not or they may be hearing from Dale Sr. from beyond the veil.

Photo credit:  Getty Images & NASCAR

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