Friday, February 9, 2007

Earnhardt Switching Teams?

Talks of Dale Earnhardt Jr., leaving the Dale Earnhardt Inc race team heats up. Earnhardt's father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., passed away a few years ago, which left his wife Teresa Earnhardt in charge of the company. Earnhardt Jr. wants his step-mother to give him majority ownership which has caused obvious strains.

Earnhardt's contract with DEI expires at the end of the year. His step-mother has questioned his commitment last December during an interview. Earnhardt states his position has nothing to do with money, simply ownership rights.

If Earnhardt is not able to position himself as the majority owner, he will more than likely leave the DEI team. Since he is one of the most recognizable faces in NASCAR, it will not be hard for him to find a new team. One of the most obvious teams would be the Richard Childress Racing team which Dale Earnhardt Sr. was a part of. Dale Sr. won six of his seven Cup titles for this team.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. described the relationship with his step-mother Teresa as, "It's not a bed of roses...The relationship we have today is the same relationship we had when I was 6 years old and moved into that house with Dad and her ".

Should Earnhardt Jr. leave, or stay with his father's company?
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