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Junior's split with DEI fuels fan speculation

Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans had plenty to say after learning of his decision to leave DEI after the 2007 season, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: May 10, 2007, 8:31 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Opinions about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that he'll be leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. were flowing quicker than the beer in the Darlington Raceway infield on Thursday.

Granted, things were still rather sedate in the infield at that point, but a mere mention of Earnhardt Jr. got the fans going.

"I just didn't think Teresa would be that stupid to let him go, I really didn't. She made a mistake." -- Fan Marilyn Brown of Florence, S.C.

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