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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 10 Reasons an Extension with Hendrick Is Huge for His Future

With the recent news that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be signing a multi-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports in the near future, the question becomes how important is this decision for Junior? NASCAR's most popular driver is currently in third place in the Sprint Cup standings, only one point behind Jimmie Johnson for second. He sits 41 points behind leader Carl Edwards. Earnhardt has only finished inside the top three once, in 2003. He has never won the championship. At the Daytona 500, Earnhardt finished 24th after starting at the back of the field due to a crash in practice. Since then, however, he has struggled in qualifying, but has not finished outside the top 20. His worst result was at Richmond, where he finished 19th. Ear...

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