Dale Earnhardt Jr. close to extension

Updated: May 21, 2011, 9:26 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Hendrick Motorsports is close to finalizing a multiyear extension with Dale Earnhardt Jr., team owner Rick Hendrick said Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Hendrick hopes to announce the deal within the next month. He would not give specifics, saying most of the major points are agreed on and the extension would keep NASCAR's most popular driver at HMS for another three to five years after the current five-year deal expires in 2012.

"We know we want ...

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