All those Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans can now decide what they want to do with those tattoos. Junior's car number for next season when he goes behind the wheel for Hendrick Motorsports has been decided -- and it'll be No. 88.
Of course, Earnhardt had the No. 8 Budweiser ride when he was with DEI, the company named after his late father. When he left DEI for Hendrick, Junior and Hendrick were unable to swing a deal with Dale's stepmother, Teresa, for the No. 8 decal and the hunt for a new number was on.
The No. 88 honors Dale's grandfather, Ralph, who drove a No. 88 Oldsmobile in 1957. The new sponsor with be Pepsi products, particularly the caffeine-charged Mountain Dew AMP energy drink. So in terms of products endorsement, Junior is making the switch from hops to hopped up.