NASCAR uberstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. is quitting his late father's eponymous company, changing the stock-car racing landscape significantly. The best-known and best-paid driver on the track, Earnhardt said yesterday he will join a new team next year, citing longstanding strife with his stepmother Teresa.
Earnhardt had been agitating for control over the company, whose vision he's said has been lost. He and his sister hope to sign a deal with another company rather than start their own. "I feel strongly that I would have my father's blessing," said Earnhardt Jr. The senior Earnhardt died in the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.