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Rick Hendrick said on Sunday that he's "close" to announcing a new sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup team. An announcement could come as early as the July 8 race weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
"We're very close," Hendrick said. "Again, we've had lots of interest. But we've got something real nice that fits well. You've got to remember, too, I've got a lot of sponsors - so there's a lot of conflicts. I've had many deals I could take but it would have conflicted with my other guys. I think this will be a pretty neat deal when we get to announce it. It's never done til it's done, but I think we're in good shape."
Hendrick believes that bringing a new sponsor to NASCAR could signal the start to a slow recovery in terms of corporate partnership in racing. Hendrick said that just recently Great Clips, which has sponsored Kasey Kahne for three Cup races this season, has also extended its support. Sources say Great Clips will expand its involvement to 10 races in 2014.
"There haven't been a lot of new sponsors in the sport," Hendrick said. "It's just been because of the economy and how people go to market and a combination of a lot of things. But there's always been a lot of interest in him. There's some of our sponsors expanding again so that's great. When you look at our numbers compared to basketball and some of the other sports, I think we're in pretty good shape. The races are good, I feel good about it."
On Friday, Hendrick received more good news as the amendment proposed by Rep. Betty McCollum aimed at prohibiting government spending on sponsorships in NASCAR and pro wrestling was defeated. If passed, it would have prevented the National Guard from continued sponsorship of NASCAR, as well as IndyCar racing and World Wrestling Entertainment.
The National Guard increased its involvement with Hendrick's Sprint Cup program from 18 to 20 races this season.
"It was a big win," Hendrick said. "It's really a statement about how the Guard feels about the sport, what it does about their recruiting."
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BROOKLYN, Mich — Hendrick Motorsports is close to signing a new sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s No. 88 Chevrolet. Team owner, Rick Hendrick said that the deal most likely will not be done in time for the July 6 race at Daytona — the first race that the car is unsponsored but they are getting close, and that the sponsor is “new” to NASCAR.
Hendrick said the National Guard...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday when he started losing power with his car on Lap 128 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
It appears that a sour engine became the kryptonite for the No. 88 Man of Steel Chevrolet.
"You put together a real nice race," crew chief Steve Letarte said. "Sorry it didn't make it all the way."
POINTS AFTER MICHIGAN: After last weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ranks seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 91 points.
SEASON-TO-DATE STATS: Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, has scored four top-five finishes, nine top-10s and led 82 laps in the first 15 races...
Whenever the Sprint Cup series comes to Michigan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the center of attention.
He won at Michigan International Speedway last June after 143 races without a victory. His most recent win before that was also at Michigan in 2008, so the Sprint Cup's twice-yearly visits to the Irish Hills always present an opportunity for Earnhardt and his No. 88 Chevrolet.
Carl Edwards felt like his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle should have helped him out on Sunday. Edwards was running second to Biffle with less than 50 laps to go in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway when trash on the grille of his car made the engine’s temperature rise.
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Sunday was a rough day for Hendrick Motorsports.
Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had promising rides derailed by car problems, and Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon's shot at winning at Michigan International Speedway ended less than 10 laps in because of a crash.
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