Dale Earnhardt Jr. Leaves HMS, Buys Back Share of Earnhardt-Ganassi Immediately

Brandon CaldwellCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 06:  Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 6, 2009 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

According to multiple sources, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and crew chief Tony Eury, Jr. are leaving Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. 8 car again for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, effective immediately. A formal announcement is expected on Thursday.

Reports are that sponsor AMP Energy Drink is coming with him, but National Guard is going to stay with Hendrick Motorsports and driver Brad Keselowski.

Aric Almirola will take his Guitar Hero sponsorship and head to the No. 40 EGR car, as Earnhardt has to get the No. 8 in on time at Texas.

Earnhardt has bought the majority ownership of the team from, now former co-owner and step mother, Teresa Earnhardt.

There is no word on the status of JR Motorsports and it's relationship with Hendrick, yet, but Earnhardt is expected to address the new deal with the Nationwide teams in the press conference.

Former car owner, Rick Hendrick said, "It came as a shock to me, I thought that we had a good thing going here, I guess we just have to move forward with Brad, I'm extremely disappointed in Dale's decision, but will wish him well as he and team Chevy go forward."

Earnhardt said that he is very excited to get the organization his father built back up on top again, as he knows, it's going to be a lot tougher than before, but he's up for the challenge.

"Things just weren't working out with us and Rick, I'm extremely disappointed that it didn't work out, but excited to work with Chip, and Felix to bring Pop's organization back up to the top," he said. "It's just too bad..."


...this is an April fools Joke, Junior Nation.

You can now calm down and get some water, April Fools.

Just wanted to have a little fun with you guys that's all, no harm done...right?