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Earnhardt hopeful about extending deal

- rgreenjr@charlotteobserver.com
Saturday, May. 21, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he and team owner Rick Hendrick have had telephone discussions about a contract extension for the hugely popular driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet.

Earnhardt's current contract extends through the 2012 season.

"I'm excited to be where I am," Earnhardt said Saturday night.

"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 race track. 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."

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