Dale Earnhardt Jr. Creates His Own Nationwide Series Dream Team

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IMarch 16, 2009

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced his driver line-up for the No. 5 Nationwide Series car that he co-owns with Rick Hendrick.

Himself, Scott Wimmer, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.

Don't think that's news? Well the between the five drivers they have 91 wins in 636 races and they plan on adding that this year.

Earnhardt Jr. is a 22-time race winner and two-time Series Champion and will take the reins at Texas in two weeks and then four more events after that: Talladega in April, Charlotte in May, Daytona in July and Atlanta in September. Sponsorship is split among Fastenal, GoDaddy.com and Unilever.

"This No. 5 team carries a strong tradition and a lot of expectations, and we are fortunate to attract such quality talent to help carry on that tradition," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We had a similar set-up with this team last year, and we were able to go to Victory Lane twice. Obviously with this driver line-up, there's no reason we can't exceed last year's win total."

Wimmer is a six-time winner and will drive the No. 5 in six events with Fastenal as the sponsor: Darlington Raceway on May 8, The Milwaukee Mile on June 20, O'Reilly Raceway Park on July 25, Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1, Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 21, and Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 11.

He can't wait to get behind the wheel.

"I am really excited to be associated with JR Motorsports and a great sponsor like Fastenal," Wimmer said. "I will be running at tracks that have been good for me in the past and look forward to my first event with JR Motorsports at Darlington in May. Hopefully, we can get the Fastenal car in the Winners Circle."

Mark Martin is the all-time wins leader in the Nationwide Series at 48 victories. His last victory came a year ago in Las Vegas. He gets the wheel of the No. 5 Lipton Chevrolet at Richmond International Speedway on May 1st.

And then there's Ryan Newman who is a seven-time victor and will also have Fastenal Sponsorship for the four races that he is scheduled to run: Dover International Speedway on May 30, Chicagoland Speedway on July 10, Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 15, and Kansas Speedway on Oct. 3.

Finally, Tony Stewart who will get the wheel after already finding victory lane in 2009 at Daytona driving for Rick Hendrick in the No. 80 Chevrolet. He will drive in one race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in October with Delphi as the primary sponsor. Stewart has eight career Nationwide Series wins.

The No. 5 Chevrolet is also scheduled to run at Watkins Glen in August and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in August. Both are road courses and no drivers have been announced for those events.

Source: Foxsports.com