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Smith set to take over Martin and Almirola's '01' ride

Updated: August 29, 2007, 9:55 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Inc. has reached a verbal agreement with Regan Smith to drive the No. 01 in the Nextel Cup series next season, a NASCAR source told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

Smith will fill the car driven this season by Mark Martin and Aric Almirola, who will split the 2008 season in the No. 8 currently being driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

He will have a one-year deal with an option for a second year.

An official announcement of the entire DEI ...

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