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HMS Working On Extension For Earnhardt Jr

Posted By Michael J Smith On December 3, 2010 @ 2:37 pm In Cup | 2 Comments

[1]Jayski [2] is reporting via ESPN.com [3], Hendrick Motorsports is working on contract extension for NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team owner Rick Hendrick confirmed the talks.

Earnhardt Jr just completed the third year in a five-year deal that runs through the 2012 Sprint Cup season. Hendrick was quoted as saying:

We’re looking at extending [the contract]. I really like him. I think the world of him. I know he can do it. We just have to get the right combination in, and I think we’re going to have it. I hope we get to race together until he retires … until I retire. I’ll retire first.

Earnhardt Jr said:

The only person that can truly help me get where I need to go starts with me, then it goes to Rick, Steve [Letarte] and those guys in your inner circle every week and in your corner every week. My biggest problem, I think, is my confidence.

The news of contract talks comes after HMS announced that Earnhardt Jr will be paired with crew chief Steve Letarte next season. In a three-crew-chief swap [4], Earnhardt Jr gets Letarte from Jeff Gordon; Gordon gets Alan Gustafson from Mark Martin; and Martin gets Lance McGrew from Earnhardt Jr.

As part of the restructuring, the No. 88 team will move to the shop with the five-time championship team of Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. Gordon will move to the shop with Martin.

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[2] Jayski: http://jayski.com/cupnews.htm#20101203e

[3] ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=5876812&campaign=link&source=JAYSKI

[4] three-crew-chief swap: http://lead-lap.com/2010/11/24/earnhardt-jr-gordon-get-new-crew-chiefs-in-hms-shuffle/

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