Dale Earnhardt Jr. Quits Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Strife with stepmother drives NASCAR superstar out of the family business
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2007 6:26 AM CDT
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Quits Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Teresa Earnhardt, widow of Dale Earnhardt, hugs her stepson, Dale Jr., after his win in the EAS/GNC Live Well 300 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., in this Feb. 16, 2002 file photo. Earnhardt Jr. will leave the company founded by his late father at the end of the year in a shake-up...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Dale Earnhardt, Jr. stories.)

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