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Dale Earnhardt Jr. working on extension

Updated: December 2, 2010, 8:10 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Despite Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s struggles on the track, Hendrick Motorsports has begun negotiating a contract extension for NASCAR's most popular driver.

Team owner Rick Hendrick told ESPN.com of his plans Thursday after Earnhardt was named the sport's most popular driver for the eighth straight year during the National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers luncheon at the Bellagio.

"We're looking at extending it," Hendrick said of Earnhardt, who just ...

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