Siegel says DEI, Junior still working on deal

DEI president of global operations Max Siegel says all sides are talking openly to each other about Dale Earnhardt Jr. staying with the team. That includes owner Teresa Earnhardt, Junior's stepmother, writes Angelique S. Chengelis.

Updated: March 6, 2007, 5:06 PM ET
By Angelique Chengelis | ESPN.com

Max Siegel, president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt Inc., said business dictates that contract negotiations with Dale Earnhardt Jr. be resolved soon.

And what exactly does that mean in terms of a timetable?

"If I had a goal, it would be by May," Siegel said in a telephone interview. "That's probably what makes sense."

Siegel said dialogue among DEI owner Teresa Earnhardt (who founded the company with her late husband, Dale Earnhardt) and her stepchildren ...

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