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Hendrick, Junior close to contract extension

August 06, 2011, , NASCAR.com

LONG POND, Pa. -- It appears Dale Earnhardt Jr. will soon join Carl Edwards and Juan Montoya as drivers agreeing to contract extensions with their current teams.

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According to a published report in the Charlotte Observer this week, team owner Rick Hendrick said he expects an agreement within the next 30 days to keep Earnhardt in the Hendrick Motorsports fold.

While Edwards personally handled his deal with Jack Roush, Junior said he leaves the negotiations to sister Kelley Earnhardt Elledge.

"I really don't get involved in my negotiations too much because I'm too nice," Earnhardt said Friday at Pocono Raceway. "I had to send my sister in there because she is a shark about it. I just want everybody to be happy and everybody to go on down the road and get back to work and move in the right direction and all that good stuff."

That's just fine with Junior, who said he'd rather fight it out on the track than in the boardroom.

"I also like to try to keep the relationship between me and Rick less about money and more about being friends and trying to do better on the race track and helping each other out," Earnhardt said. "If I had to jump in there, I really don't know if I could put up the fight. I'm just not that kind of guy and would likely come out with the short end of the stick, so I'm probably glad I've got her around."