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Leaving DEI a gutsy move by Earnhardt Jr.

Where will Dale Earnhardt Jr. end up? Will Junior drive the No. 3? Will DEI survive? Was Teresa in the wrong? The fans want answers, and Marty Smith tries to deliver.

Updated: May 17, 2007, 2:48 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Exactly one week has passed since Dale Earnhardt Jr. triggered the NASCAR Richter scale with the seismic announcement that his tenure at Dale Earnhardt Inc. officially had come to pass -- a landmark decision that set off a landslide of residual effects.

Earnhardt is the most sought-after free agent in professional sports. It is unheard of for a driver to walk away from a solid, stable ride without another ride lined up. While hundreds of drivers are scrapping and clawing just to find ...

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