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DEI-Ganassi merger a sign of the times in this difficult economy

The DEI-Chip Ganassi Racing merger shows us just how difficult times have become. And they're likely to get worse before they get better, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: November 14, 2008, 11:25 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Somewhere today in South Florida, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is chuckling.

OK, I don't know that for a fact, but it's a reasonable assumption.

Teresa Earnhardt, who had no intentions of making Junior her partner at Dale Earnhardt Inc. a year ago, now is a partner with Chip Ganassi.

This is what happens when NASCAR team owners reach survival mode. You do what you have to do, even if the pairing seems about as likely as Bill O'Reilly and Keith ...

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