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Earnhardt, Hendrick discuss extension


10:41 AM ET 05.22 | Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he and team owner Rick Hendrick have had telephone discussions about a contract extension for the hugely popular driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt's current contract extends through the 2012 season.

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May 22, 2011  01:16 PM ET

I go back to when Jr. announced he was coming to Hendrick. He called it like going to a family. Hendrick takes care of his people and Jr. likes that. Looking back at his later years at DEI, there wasn't any evidence of a "family" or people really looking out for each other. He gets that at Hendrick. Despite not having wins on the track, Jr. and Hendrick still are a good combination for each other.

May 22, 2011  02:03 PM ET

Jr is only staying at Hendrick because of his off the track sales and sponsorships...

On the track, he has been terrible and warrants no reason to be kept...that, and the fact that there is not much else out there is why.

This season he finally has shown some fire and maybe it was Jeff's old Crew Chief who he needed...

May 22, 2011  02:31 PM ET

This season he finally has shown some fire and maybe it was Jeff's old Crew Chief who he needed...

according to the know it alls around here, it was ALWAYS jr's fault, and not the crew chiefs..

time to eat some fresh crow

May 22, 2011  02:32 PM ET

Must be selling lots of T-shirts.

the comment you claimed i had deleted in the other thread is still there, dumb ****.

May 22, 2011  04:46 PM ET

Red Zone said it exactly right and hit the nail on the head.

Jr is popular for many reasons......only a very small one has to do with his last name.......lots of fans can identify with his struggles........he is trying to overcome his challenges, the biggest one being endlessly compared to his more successful dad......he wants to be a racing success on his own terms...there is no other driver out there that has the last name pressure like he does.......But Jr is a success in my eyes......he is doing better this year, he is accumulating more wealth every year.....he is a clean racer.....he does many charity donations and events....... he represents the sport in every way, except for recent wins....(JJ has that part covered).
I am more confident that he will get his win or two this year.
Bottom line: if I was a team owner...I would never let him go elsewhere.

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May 22, 2011  06:19 PM ET

Has he won a race yet? No.Same old, same old. Just a bunch of crybaby Jr fans who are perfectly comfortable bashing other drivers, but extremely thin skinned about Captain Nepotism.

yea, 18 of them actually...

i see you stole the "bash other drivers" line from JK.. point out where i've bashed another driver please

May 22, 2011  07:03 PM ET

he is a money machine for Hendrick and NASCAR !!

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May 23, 2011  12:04 AM ET

Dale Jr. is like the good guy in wrestling.

Well, he's no phoney, but I wouldn't mind seeing him in old #3 again.

May 23, 2011  01:09 AM ET

hendricks is smart...he has the Most Popular Driver, the Most Championship Driver (recently), the Most Respected Driver and Jeff who has some of all those 3 "mosts".

May 23, 2011  08:02 AM ET

the delete patrol had a ball this weekend-----------they usually are asleep all weekend---------looks like they hired a hall monitor---------very good

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May 23, 2011  01:47 PM ET

the "delete patrol "seemed to have missed a few LOL

May 23, 2011  01:47 PM ET

LOL, I was off for two days due to Bellsouth line problems and it looks like I missed nothing. LOL

May 23, 2011  01:48 PM ET

Little E; are you following me or am I following you ?

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