Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says He Wants Majority Ownership Of DEI
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Majority Ownership Of DEI
MORE FROM JUNIOR: Earnhardt Jr. said DEI is “doing really [well], but over the last five years, we haven’t progressed with the sport. There’s a lot of things we should have done in the past and need to do now to improve.” Earnhardt Jr. said the current contract talks are “really no different than the last contract. [But] we meaning my sister and myself have gotten a lot smarter about knowing our position in the sport and knowing really what we were worth and some of the things that we’d like to see changed” (“NASCAR Now,” ESPN2, 2/8). More Earnhardt Jr., on demanding a majority stake in DEI: “For me to invest personally in the vision and what the future holds for that company, that has to happen” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 2/8).
DRIVER REAX: Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick said Earnhardt Jr. is “the only one that’s got the bargaining power. ... He’s been successful, and he deserves the respect of being a grown man and not being treated like he’s 15 and somebody’s stepson” (SCENEDAILY.com, 2/8). Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon, who last month said Earnhardt Jr. was “in the power position,” said Earnhardt Jr. “thanked me for supporting him. But I told him, ‘I wasn’t supporting you, I was stating the facts.’ That’s just what it is” (L.A. TIMES, 2/9). Gordon said if Earnhardt Jr. leaves DEI, “sponsors are going to leave with him; and are you going to be able to replace that ride with another driver that’s going to bring in the dollars that he brings in?” (“NASCAR Now,” ESPN2, 2/8).