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Junior Leaving DEI?

Thu May 10, 2007 7:39 pm

Today at 11:00am, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is holding a press conference. Rumors have it he is leaving DEI at the end of this season to form his own team. Apparently, the talks between him and Teresa, (his step-mom) haven't gone in the direction he wants, and that is controlling int erst in DEI. Should be an interesting press conference.

Source: A story in today's Virginian Pilot, credited to two writers from the Charlotte Observer.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Thu May 10, 2007 7:48 pm

If this is true Teresa has screwed herself 7 ways to Sunday. The money and the talent is going to follow Jr. and all she will have is the old name.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Thu May 10, 2007 7:56 pm

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
If this is true Teresa has screwed herself 7 ways to Sunday

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Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
The money and the talent is going to follow Jr.

As will Budweiser.

The only quote from Jr. in the paper this morning was him stating that: "some ideas I've got for the future"

If she's smart, she will offer him 51% before 11:00am this morning. At least the press-conference is already scheduled.... [biggrin}
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Thu May 10, 2007 10:04 pm

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1):
If this is true Teresa has screwed herself 7 ways to Sunday. The money and the talent is going to follow Jr. and all she will have is the old name.

Better believe it.

No one gives two craps about Theresa Earnhardt . . . the NAME and the  dollarsign  dollarsign  dollarsign  are all Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He is - afterall - the MOST popular, MOST liked driver in NASCAR.

She's gotta be a greedy bitch or just plain stupid (perhaps both??) to let him walk.

Dale Jr. will take the fan base, the sponsors (Bud will bail on Theresa, contract no withstanding) and the crews. DEI ink will be a ghost town if Jr. leaves.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Thu May 10, 2007 10:51 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
DEI ink will be a ghost town if Jr. leaves.

I'm wondering if that isn't really what she's after. Take her share and get completely out of the business. And try to put all the blame on Jr. for being greedy, rather than giving in and simply giving him the 51% he's seeking.
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 12:18 am

Yep:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/6796182

Press conference is on Speed Channel, as well as all the ESPN networks.

DEI's done. They'll definitely lose Budweiser, probably the #8, as well as all of Jr's other sponsors. There's no way in hell they'll be able to hire a driver with near the popularity of Jr.

Rumors are a new Cup team with JR Motorsports, powered by....Hendrick engines.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 12:49 am

He'll go where he can have a winning car every week - Hendrick Motorsports.

Rick Hendrick has given all his drivers consistent winning rides.
Jr. will go where he can win championships. DEI can keep the #8, RCR will sell
the rights for Dale Sr #3 to Hendrick and you'll see Jr. riding in that car next season.

With the Nascar rule of four car teams, look for Hendrick to get rid of Casey Mears if Jr. can negotiate something with Hendrick Motorsports.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
She's gotta be a greedy bitch or just plain stupid (perhaps both??) to let him walk.

 yes  101%
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 12:58 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 6):
RCR will sell
the rights for Dale Sr #3 to Hendrick and you'll see Jr. riding in that car next season.

 Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Wow!

I duno about this. It gives me the willies.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 1:02 am

From: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18581468/

"In a statement, Teresa Earnhardt said DEI will thrive following Junior’s announcement."

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 1:04 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 6):
He'll go where he can have a winning car every week - Hendrick Motorsports.

Rick Hendrick has given all his drivers consistent winning rides.

But for some reason, the 25 car has never been solid. And when it does run well, it's luck sucks (Nadeau leading at Atlanta on the last lap in 2001 & running out of gas, Mears' bad luck when he runs well this year). They've improved in recent years, but they've still had their struggles. If Jr drove for HMS, that would more than likely be the car he drove; Jeff & JJ aren't leaving & I doubt Rick would get rid of Kyle Busch, unfortunately.

And for the old school fans, they could possibly see the #25 Bud car again.

Speed Channel ended their conference broadcast with a rumor about the JGR #18 & changes possibly coming should JJ Yeley not step up.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 1:08 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 7):
I duno about this. It gives me the willies.

Well, I've never been a superstitious person, so your on your own there Ted.

Jr. has stated publicly (countless times) he'd like to eventually end up driving the car his father made legendary.

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 8):
"In a statement, Teresa Earnhardt said DEI will thrive following Junior's announcement."

Damn laughable.  yes 
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 1:14 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 8):
"In a statement, Teresa Earnhardt said DEI will thrive following Junior’s announcement."

Yeah, you have fun with that Teresa. I'm sure Paul Menard's going to set the world on fire now with Dale Jr. out of the way.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 2:22 am

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 5):
probably the #8

He hinted in the press conference that DEI would probably want to keep the #8, and that he would also probably go along with that.

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 8):
"In a statement, Teresa Earnhardt said DEI will thrive following Junior’s announcement."

Thrive?? No way. But I do believe there are drivers out there that would love a chance to work for DEI, and I'm sure Teresa will sign one of them.... how they do in an organization that is sure to be in confusion remains to be seen. Junior may be leaving, but DEI won't fold just yet.
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 2:30 am

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 12):
but DEI won't fold just yet.

I don't think anyone is saying DEI is closing tomorrow, next year, or maybe even the year after that. But it's a very difficult thing to sell strategically.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 10):
Well, I've never been a superstitious person, so your on your own there Ted.

Well it has nothing to do with Jr. following literally in his father's footsteps. While that would be the epitome of tragedy, I'm not going to forcast it. What bothers me is that while it's inarguable that the # is his birthright, I'm not convinced the Sr. fans will go for it. Maybe I'm wrong and it 'has been long enough' but to me the #3 shold never be on the track again in competition.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 2:39 am

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 12):
Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 5):
probably the #8

He hinted in the press conference that DEI would probably want to keep the #8, and that he would also probably go along with that.

True,the car owner 'owns' the car #.

I imagine Sr's spinning in his grave as we speek  Sad  Sad
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 2:45 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 13):
I don't think anyone is saying DEI is closing tomorrow, next year, or maybe even the year after that. But it's a very difficult thing to sell strategically.

Sorry Ted - I didn't mean to imply you said that....  sorry 
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 3:19 am

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 11):
Paul Menard's

Who the hell is Paul Menard?  duck 

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 13):
I'm not convinced the Sr. fans will go for it.

As stated, as fact, by ANCflyer, Jr. is the #1 rated driver by popular vote. Doubt he'd receive any backlash for wanting to race #3.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 5:24 am

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 15):
Sorry Ted - I didn't mean to imply you said that....

Didn't mean to make you feel bad about it.. just clarifying my statment. I appreciate your attitude.  Smile
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 5:27 am

Maybe I just can't read worth a damn, but will Eury Jr follow Dale?
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 5:43 am

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 18):

I'd guess so. After all, he's blood.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 10:02 am

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 18):
Maybe I just can't read worth a damn, but will Eury Jr follow Dale?

Simple answer... Yes... As will Budweiser.

I had forgot RCR wants to sell.

This will be a puzzle for Rick Hendrick... He already has (4) teams. And that stupid NASCAR rule of only 4 drivers per-owner hurts him from signing Dale Jr.


Off the wall... RCR does not sell due to Dale Jr will come race for him and win him another NASCAR Cup.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 10:55 am

Kinda surprisingly, I believe he is at either Childress Racing next year or Joe Gibbs Racing. Both teams can have another car put in, and both teams have drivers which will race well with Jr. if need be. JGR is a shot with the relationship that Jr. has with Stewart and Hamlin....so who knows.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:22 am

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 5):
DEI's done. They'll definitely lose Budweiser, probably the #8, as well as all of Jr's other sponsors. There's no way in hell they'll be able to hire a driver with near the popularity of Jr.

Yup, it's all over at DEI. Hell, I don't even know who else is driving for DEI???

I would LOVE to see Junior sign with Gibbs . . .

Can you imagine a Stewart, Earnhardt, Hamlin matchup against Gordon, Johnson, Busch!!! LMAO! What a ride!

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 8):

 faint 

She's lost her frackin' mind.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 16):
Quoting TedTAce (Reply 13):
I'm not convinced the Sr. fans will go for it.

As stated, as fact, by ANCflyer, Jr. is the #1 rated driver by popular vote. Doubt he'd receive any backlash for wanting to race #3.

In Fact, I expect exactly the opposite. I think the Junior Fans will love him driving the #3, AND I expect the Senior fans to be all sentimental and the like and love it as well.

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 20):
Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 18):
Maybe I just can't read worth a damn, but will Eury Jr follow Dale?


Simple answer... Yes... As will Budweiser.

And the fans. And the other sponsors. Oh . . . . and  shhh  don't tell Theresa, so will the  dollarsign  dollarsign  dollarsign 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:32 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
I think the Junior Fans will love him driving the #3

^^^^ I certainly don't have a problem with that. It was something my friends and I wanted to happen shortly after Srs death.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:34 am

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 20):
This will be a puzzle for Rick Hendrick... He already has (4) teams. And that stupid NASCAR rule of only 4 drivers per-owner hurts him from signing Dale Jr.

JGR & RCR have the advantage here. Each team only has 3 teams.

As for HMS, Rick sent Joe Nemechek to the 01 car (satellite team) when he wanted Brian Vickers to get seat time before the start of the 2004 season, putting him in the 25 the last few races of 2003. I think Nemechek's contract with HMS was up at that point, whereas Mears is signed through 2009.

This isn't unheard of; Ray Evernham killed Casey Atwood's career by sending him to a satellite team to make way for Jeremy Mayfield in 2002 & Ginn Racing did the same thing to Nemechek this year to give Mark Martin & Regan Smith a guaranteed start in the 01. You'd wonder whether or not Rick was willing to risk a war if he dumps Casey & Casey comes back after him.

Doesn't the 4 team rule start in 2010? HMS could theoretically field a 5th car until then & dump one of the teams. (I'd like to see Jr in a Hendrick car).

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
Yup, it's all over at DEI. Hell, I don't even know who else is driving for DEI???

Paul Menard, Dale Jr's pseudo-Development Driver & Martin Truex, Jr.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:45 am

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 24):
Martin Truex, Jr.

 Embarrassment I knew that.

Menard huh. Recently come from Busch series? Didn't know that. Must be a nobody on the track?
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:53 am

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 14):

I imagine Sr's spinning in his grave as we speek

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Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
AND I expect the Senior fans to be all sentimental and the like and love it as well.

HA!

 redflag 

Junior should be blazing his own trail, not living in daddy's shadow. Not to mention, IMO, he's not worthy. What do I know, though. I haven't been watching NASCAR since 2003 and Newman's robbery (Kenseth my a$$). Not to mention I'm not at all thrilled with the car of tommorow. My two cents

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 12:04 pm

Quoting Piercey (Reply 26):
Junior should be blazing his own trail, not living in daddy's shadow.

Here's a news flash for ya, he's been living in Daddy's Shadow ever since he's been racing. Not that he isn't a stand alone man, but the NAME Earnhardt is all it takes . . . .

Where Junior goes, the Earnhardy NAME and the Earnhardt LEGACY will go. Theresa is nobody compared to Dale, Jr.

Quoting Piercey (Reply 26):
My two cents

I'll give you change back . . .
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 1:52 pm

Quoting BoeingFever777 (Reply 20):
Off the wall... RCR does not sell due to Dale Jr will come race for him and win him another NASCAR Cup.

I could see Richard Childress selling majority stake in his racing teams to Dale Jr..  yes 

Jr. would race for RCR, Eury Jr would be his Crew Chief, it's be the #3 Bud machine.  yes 
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 1:55 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 25):
Menard huh. Recently come from Busch series? Didn't know that. Must be a nobody on the track?

Actually, he did pull off the now-impossible task of a Busch regular winning a Busch race last year; he won at Milwaukee. Highest Busch regular in points, too, IIRC.

He's up for ROTY this year & was considered to be one of the favorites, right up there with Montoya. Drives the 15 in Cup for DEI, sponsored by his Dad's chain of stores & a few others that rotate on the hood (Quaker State, Peak, etc). Paint schemes on Jayski's: http://www.jayski.com/schemes/2007/15cup.htm

He's made 7 of the 10 races this year, with a best finish of 15th.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 3:07 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
Can you imagine a Stewart, Earnhardt, Hamlin matchup against Gordon, Johnson, Busch!!! LMAO! What a ride!

Wow. Interestingly enough I'm game for that ride.  rotfl 

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
In Fact, I expect exactly the opposite. I think the Junior Fans will love him driving the #3, AND I expect the Senior fans to be all sentimental and the like and love it as well.

I agree with that completely. I don't think that Dale Sr. would mind all that much either  Wink
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 8:54 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
In Fact, I expect exactly the opposite. I think the Junior Fans will love him driving the #3, AND I expect the Senior fans to be all sentimental and the like and love it as well.



Quoting FXramper (Reply 28):
Jr. would race for RCR, Eury Jr would be his Crew Chief, it's be the #3 Bud machine

Spot on - both comments. The old die-hard #3 fans will have no problem with Jr. getting into a red number 3 with Budweiser on the hood. And the HUGE fan base that Jr. already has could make him nearly untouchable as the most popular driver for years to come. He'll pass all of Bill Elliot's records in that category easily.

Now, I heard the press conference and Jr saying that they are still going to race hard, and everything will be fine at DEI for the remainder of the year. I can't help but thinking this ain't gonna happen. This isn't second tier driver leaving a second tier team - this is DEI and Dale Jr. I can't see much in the way of cooperation and "chemistry" between Jr. and Teresa. I don't think the fallout from yesterday's announcement will wait until the end of the year, but much sooner.
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 9:44 pm

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 31):
Now, I heard the press conference and Jr saying that they are still going to race hard, and everything will be fine at DEI for the remainder of the year. I can't help but thinking this ain't gonna happen. This isn't second tier driver leaving a second tier team - this is DEI and Dale Jr. I can't see much in the way of cooperation and "chemistry" between Jr. and Teresa. I don't think the fallout from yesterday's announcement will wait until the end of the year, but much sooner

I agree.

If for one second anyone thinks Junior is gonna 'thread a needle' at Bristol or pass on this high side on bad tires - take any chances whatsoever for the rest of the year - they're smoking evidence.

He's going to drive fast, turn left and be safe. Afterall, he'll need to be in one piece when he starts his own team or signs with Joe Gibbs Racing next season  duck 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 10:02 pm

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 31):
The old die-hard #3 fans will have no problem with Jr. getting into a red number 3 with Budweiser on the hood

Well, guess what he said he's not interested in using the #3 (as I thought).

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 32):
he starts his own team

 Wow! That would be the cat's ass!!
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 10:31 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 32):
he'll need to be in one piece when he starts his own team or signs with Joe Gibbs Racing next season   

While I'm a big fan of Joe Gibbs Racing, expecially Denny Hamlin, I still think he's going to go with Childress and drive the three car with Budweiser as sponsor.

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 33):
Well, guess what he said he's not interested in using the #3 (as I thought).

I missed him saying that, but I believe he wouldn't "show his cards" just yet either. He may have said that just to keep from being quoted the other way. I mean, if he can't have the team his father created and built for him, he CAN have his car....
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:03 pm

Apparently Junior will be driving for RCR in the #33 Budweiser car.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/6798298
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:04 pm

I looked it up and I only found a vage quote , so I might be wrong. but I could have sworn he said 'no' to the #3 in a post presss confererence interview.

I'm not trying to be confrontational, I just want to probe your logic on this.

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 34):
he CAN have his car....

But why?
What pourpose would it serve?
Are 'we' that stupid to believe that Jr's continued carreer would mystically be made solvent by simply havng his dad's # on his car?
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:10 pm

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 36):
But why?
What pourpose would it serve?
Are 'we' that stupid to believe that Jr's continued carreer would mystically be made solvent by simply havng his dad's # on his car?

Nostalgia, puts the #3 back on the track. I don't think it has anything to do with his career, but simply a gesture to his dad, his dad's fans, and NASCAR fans in general.

I was never a huge Dale Earnhardt fan. I didn't loathe him either. But he was extremely popular, controversial, and a damn good driver. Even the folks that hated him cannot contest that fact.
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Fri May 11, 2007 11:18 pm

Quoting Bohica (Reply 35):
Apparently Junior will be driving for RCR in the #33 Budweiser car.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/stor...98298

From the above:

Quote:
Reports: Dale Jr. may be headed to RCR

At THIS point in the game that 'MAY' carries a lot of weight.

I'll believe it when the ink dries. (if it hasn't already)

I like the choice of 33. It's a good compromise. A nod to dad w/out trying to be him.
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Mon May 14, 2007 8:12 pm

The LPGA was in nearby Williamsburg this weekend - The Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. The tournament's Executive Chairman happens to be the Vice President of Global Media and Sports Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, and President and CEO of Busch Media Group, Inc.

In an interview over the weekend with The Virginian Pilot's Rich Radford, and published in this morning's edition, he was asked several questions about Junior leaving DEI, and about Budweiser following him - he stated; "It's certainly our intention" Also asked what was the biggest sports deal Anheuser-Busch has made in regard to where it has put its money, he answered; " I think there are two. Our NASCAR campaign with Dale Earnhardt Jr. is invaluable...."

The NFL was the other mentioned.
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Sun May 20, 2007 10:07 am

Hendricks says no room for Jr


Looks like Pep might get his wish. RCR and Gibbs are the next best thing for Jr now.  yes 

I could see RCR selling the #3 to Gibbs, and letting Jr drive his late fathers car for Gibbs Racing.
 
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Sun May 20, 2007 10:38 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 33):
That would be the cat's ass!!

Is that the same as the dog's bollocks?!

Quoting FXramper (Reply 40):
I could see RCR selling the #3 to Gibbs, and letting Jr drive his late fathers car for Gibbs Racing.

I can't. Richard Childress would have to command an insane number for the 3 to be sold as the merchandising of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and the #3 still yields big money at the track each week.

I can see a few scenarios happening, but my money is probably on him joining RCR. Upgrading JR Motorsports to Cup level would be the second option, but the struggles of Michael Waltrip Racing and the lack of a guaranteed Top 35 position in points the first 5 races of 2008 would likely steer him clear of that option.

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Sun May 20, 2007 12:57 pm

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 41):
Is that the same as the dog's bollocks?!

You need to re-watch Cannonball Run
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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Mon May 21, 2007 4:33 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 42):
You need to re-watch Cannonball Run

Have it on DVD and I know your reference...my humor ran dry...

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RE: Junior Leaving DEI?

Mon May 21, 2007 11:07 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 40):
Looks like Pep might get his wish. RCR and Gibbs are the next best thing for Jr now.

 no  JGR does not sponsor alcohol as a sponsor... Which Dale Jr. will never leave Budweiser. RCR it will be or his own team at JR Motorsports.
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