Earnhardt eyeing long future at Hendrick
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in discussions concerning a NASCAR Sprint Cup contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports.
After winning the fan vote to advance into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the driver was asked about an Internet report concerning the extension. Prior to the race, team owner Rick Hendrick told ESPN.com “We know we want to be together, and we just want to get this over with. It shows I'm committed to him and he's committed to us."
The driver’s current contract expires at the end of the 2012 season.
When asked about the report, Earnhardt Jr. quickly replied, “Whatever he said, it’s probably true.”
He went on to expound a little more, showing his pleasure with the organization. Earnhardt Jr., an 18-Cup race winner and two-time Nationwide Series champion, is improving this year as Hendrick has paired him with crew chief Steve Letarte. Earnhardt Jr. is fourth in the Cup points standings.
“We've been talking on the phone a little bit, just kind of saying what we think,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I'm excited to be where I am. From my heart, it's an amazing organization. There's some great, great people there. I've learned a lot being around there. It's made me a better person.
“We still got a lot of things we would like to accomplish on the racetrack. If I get the opportunity to stick around, I'm definitely excited about that. We've just been talking about it. Hopefully I don't think we'll have any trouble working things out.”