Earnhardt focused on title, not contract

Updated: September 8, 2011, 1:48 PM ET
By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You may be wondering why Thursday's official announcement that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed a five-year extension at Hendrick Motorsports didn't involve a huge news conference, a lot of hoopla, pomp and circumstance.

After all, HMS did lock up NASCAR's most popular driver through the end of the 2017 season.

The answer is simple: Earnhardt didn't want to bring attention to this.

So we got an email with a prepared statement.

That's ...

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