In post-Junior era, DEI will have 'something to prove'

Junior this, Junior that. But what about Dale Earnhardt Inc? DEI and its 400 or so employees are preparing for life without Dale Jr., and the future looks pretty good, writes Angelique S. Chengelis.

Updated: May 23, 2007, 3:45 PM ET
By Angelique Chengelis | ESPN.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc., his late father's company, has had time to marinate.

He is moving on, and so is Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Earnhardt will finish the season with the team driving the familiar No. 8, and DEI and its 400 or so employees are soldiering on, but they already are working on life without Junior, clearly a huge piece of the puzzle but not one they believe is irreplaceable.

Morale is solid at DEI, the company Dale Earnhardt ...

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