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This Isn’t Your Daddy’s NASCAR: Big Name Driver Changes Now More Common

Once upon a time, it was crazy to think of a big name driver switching teams. A time when someone like Dale Earnhardt would end his career in the car that he ran much of it in. Which he ultimately did, just not the way that anyone wished for. Seems crazy to think of Jeff Gordon driving anything other than a No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, and pretty soon the same could be said for Jimmie Johnson. Thankfully for their fans, they don’t have to think too hard about it because lifetime contacts with HMS will never let such a thing occur. But it gets the point across. From year-to-year, when a new NASCAR season would ring in, fans were assured that a few things would be the same: the races would be long, the wrecks would be b...

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