Dale Junior A Popular Man Friday At Darlington Raceway

Clint Bowyer has won the pole for Saturday's Dodge Avenger 500 at Darlington raceway.
He earned the pole with a speed of 164-point-987 miles per hour.
The win also guarantees him a spot in next winter's Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.
The pole is the first of his Nextel career.

Meantime, Dale Earnhardt, Junior, who announced yesterday that he's leaving the Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated racing team at the end of this season, was given a big ovation from the fans.
He qualified 21st today.

Earnhardt's plan to leave DEI after this season fueled speculation and conversation among his fellow drivers during Busch Series Practice.

Jeff burton says when a driver says he's going to leave, it's only natural to wonder where he's going to go. Burton might be especially curious because Earnhardt could be his teammate at Richard Childress Racing, which was once his late father's home.

Earnhardt could follow in his father's racing shoes and land at Childress, perhaps even driving Dale Senior's famed Number-3 Car. Earnhardt could also start his own Nextel Cup Team, taking his huge fan base with him.

Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports

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