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Will Hendrick's gamble pay off?

Updated: November 23, 2010, 10:06 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Flash back to 2007, the day Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he was leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Hendrick Motorsports, and recall the words of team owner Rick Hendrick.

"If he's winning, it's because of his talent," Hendrick said of Earnhardt at the time. "If he's not, it's because of my not giving him good stuff. That's the way fans will look at it."

Earnhardt hasn't been winning.

He hasn't come close.

So Hendrick is making ...

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