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Martin to drive No. 5 for Hendrick; Almirola picked for DEI's No. 8

Updated: July 2, 2008, 12:27 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Mark Martin will announce at a Friday news conference plans to move from a part-time role in the No. 8 at Dale Earnhardt Inc. to a full-time ride in the No. 5 car at Hendrick Motorsports in 2009.

Aric Almirola will drive the No. 8 car at DEI next season.

The decision to put Almirola into the U.S. Army-sponsored car full-time had nothing to do with Martin's decision to return to a full-time Sprint Cup schedule and make one last run at a championship, sources ...

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