CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to win championships, and there's no better place to do that than at Hendrick Motorsports.
The most frenzied free agency in NASCAR history will end Wednesday when Earnhardt reveals where he'll drive next season, and all signs point to Rick Hendrick's elite organization.
Hendrick, winner of six championships since 1995, currently fields cars for four-time champion Jeff Gordon, defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Casey Mears. With all four drivers under contract, Hendrick told The Associated Press last month he had "no room at the inn" for Earnhardt.
But a half-dozen people familiar with the negotiations - speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because Earnhardt's plans have not been announced - said Hendrick officials have been working for nearly three weeks to bring the star driver into the fold. There were rumblings late Monday that Busch, who is under contract through 2008, has asked to be released from his contract.
The Hendrick team has 10 victories through 14 points races this season.