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Earnhardt Jr. Wants Majority Ownership of Dad's Company
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants more than a piece of his father's company. He wants his stepmother to give him majority ownership, a negotiating demand that might force him to part ways with Dale Earnhardt Inc. after this season.
His DEI contract is up at the end of the year, and negotiations have been tense since Teresa Earnhardt seemingly questioned his commitment to the team in a December interview.
"The main factor is the ownership part," Earnhardt Jr. said yesterday at NASCAR's annual preseason media day at Daytona International Speedway. "It has nothing to do with money and nothing else really. . . . My father has been gone for five, six years now. I want majority ownership. That's basically it."
Earnhardt said he was unsure whether his stepmother would be willing to give up ownership.
But he seems determined to try.
If NASCAR's most popular driver were to leave DEI, he would become the sport's most sought-after free agent. Most people believe Earnhardt only would part ways with DEI to drive for team owner Richard Childress, who fielded cars for the elder Earnhardt during six of his seven championship seasons.
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