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    Harvick: Teresa Earnhardt's a "deadbeat owner"

    Kevin Harvick knows the odds of Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaving the company his father built for the company his father raced for are very long.


    But Harvick would understand if NASCAR's most popular driver left Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Richard Childress Racing after the 2007 season if contract negotiations broke down.


    He can't imagine how difficult it is for Earnhardt Jr. to work in a company where the owner, stepmother Teresa Earnhardt, seldom comes to the track.


    "It's hard when you have what I call a deadbeat owner that doesn't come to the racetrack," Harvick said during Tuesday's visit to RCR on the second day of NASCAR's 2007 media tour. "Richard [Childress] is one of the best owners in the garage.


    "You always see Richard Childress. You always see Chip Ganassi. All these owners, they all come to the racetrack. It's not just a money pit that somebody says, 'Well, I can make money off of Dale Jr. I can make money off of Dale Earnhardt.' "


    Harvick, who owns a Busch Series team, said race teams can't be run from home.


    "You have to be at the racetrack and you have to play the politics of the sport and you have to be a part of your team and you have to understand what's going on," he said. "To me, from the outside looking in, it doesn't look like that's happening."


    Earnhardt Jr., at a dinner Monday night in Concord, said, "You're killing me."

    "That's ridiculous," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I don't think there is a comment for that remark."

    Earnhardt Jr. said with everything his stepmother has dealt with since the death of his father in 2001 on the last lap of the Daytona 500, "she had a full plate."

    "We're successful on the racetrack," he added. "The people are in the right place."


    Earnhardt Jr. said negotiations are ongoing for a contract beyond 2007, and he expects to settle in the next couple of months.


    But questions about Teresa have been ongoing. She appeared at the track so seldom a few years ago that seven-time champion Richard Petty called her an "absentee owner."


    "It's pretty obvious she's not around and not at the racetrack." Harvick said. "It doesn't seem she cares about it as much as some of the other owners do."
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    Harvick is an ass and needs a slap in the mouth. There's only a few drivers who are complete douches, Harvick is one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptistheboss
    Harvick is an ass and needs a slap in the mouth. There's only a few drivers who are complete douches, Harvick is one.
    Kurt Busch is another.

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    Agreed that Harvick usally engages his mouth without engaging his brains. The guy is a pretty good driver, but has no business speaking out on others the way he does.

    That said, he could have made some valid points with a little more class.
    Theresa does need to spend more time at the races. She's misunderstood by many, and she needs to develop her own ideas without them beeing filtered through the media or her representatives. Theresa is way too sheltered, and she could do herself, her company and her family proud by being a more engaging owner. I'm sure she will never be a Michael Waltrip (thank god) or a Felix Sebates, but DEI needs here to be more engaging within the world of motorsports.
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    it's funny...Harvick again! Some people on this forum chastised me a few months ago when I commented how he deserved a whipping from Rigg's crewman because of his mouth,driving, etc.....now here he goes again....what a sponsor's nightmare....maybe maturity will come one day to him....class? never...

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    Quote Originally Posted by irloyal
    Theresa does need to spend more time at the races.
    Meaning there's only one way to run a team, right?

    In her case, hiring the right people to spend time at the races seems the better approach.

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    Okay from what I've seen from afar is that Junior's step-Mom is dating again and Junior doesn't like it and expects to be made part-owner of his Dad and Step-Mom's company...

    Have I missed anything so far?

    Oh yeah and Harvick is a jackass... but we already knew that.. right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whosyer-Sparkplug
    Okay from what I've seen from afar is that Junior's step-Mom is dating again and Junior doesn't like it and expects to be made part-owner of his Dad and Step-Mom's company...

    Have I missed anything so far?
    Yeah, pretty much everything, but that's not surprising. Trust me - Junior could care less if Teresa is dating again. Teresa's very public insults regarding Junior - which Junior has NOT reciprocated - are much more core to the problem.
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    Maybe theres much more to it. What if Theresa hates going to the track - for whatever reasons she may have? Maybe everyone else knows it, and continue to make remarks about it to force her hand. Eventually she will be fed up with it, to the point that she will be looking to wash her hands of the whole thing.


    Do you think its possible that there are a lot of people that would like to see DEI owned by DEI? And not by a disinterested widow (who's dating again)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racewriter
    Yeah, pretty much everything, but that's not surprising. Trust me - Junior could care less if Teresa is dating again. Teresa's very public insults regarding Junior - which Junior has NOT reciprocated - are much more core to the problem.
    So when those covering NASCAR mention her dating that's just them slapping Teresa around and not Junior... Hmmmmm.

    okay got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdolan
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    A good friend of mine recently resigned from DEI after working there for several years. He was instrumental in their Daytona 500 wins, plate racing success and others facets. He was upstairs as they say.

    Theresa is interested in one thing, money. Hence her attitude towards memorabilia sales and such. She has proven to be fairly adept at that. I recall it was only just last year she relinquished and gave Junior the rights to his own name.

    As to running a race team, the jury is still out. She spends most of her time on her 100ft Hatteras yacht.

    She was/is dating John Menard. Yes that Menard. It was also speculated in the DEI offices last year Menard would possibly buy the team. So, assuming Theresa continued to date Menard, even go so far as to marry, even though DEI would change hands, it would still be hers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddBenne
    A good friend of mine recently resigned from DEI after working there for several years. He was instrumental in their Daytona 500 wins, plate racing success and others facets. He was upstairs as they say.

    Theresa is interested in one thing, money. Hence her attitude towards memorabilia sales and such. She has proven to be fairly adept at that. I recall it was only just last year she relinquished and gave Junior the rights to his own name.

    As to running a race team, the jury is still out. She spends most of her time on her 100ft Hatteras yacht.

    She was/is dating John Menard. Yes that Menard. It was also speculated in the DEI offices last year Menard would possibly buy the team. So, assuming Theresa continued to date Menard, even go so far as to marry, even though DEI would change hands, it would still be hers.
    To be fair memorabilia is what Dale gave to Theresa to manage when he was alive... and yes she's obviously is very good at it.

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    I think itís ironic to hear fans complain about all the pc speak and the lack of people who say what they really think in racing today, but then as soon as some guy simply doesnít do robospeak and points out the obvious (what they've been asking for), heís trashed. Itís like the car of tomorrow. Gripe about plate racing, aero push and so and, but when they actually do something about it, folks moan about that.

    FWIW, I think Harvick is great for the sport. Anymore the guy is one of my favorite drivers partly because he refuses to feed the fans b-s. I mean what exactly did he say that isnít true? Maybe heís just sending a message for a friend that canít say so himself?

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    Harvick can say all he wants about his own team, his own car, NASCAR, fans, anything that affects the whole sport. He has no business talking about the ownership of another, rival team.

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    Everyone seemed to have missed or chose to ignore Juniorís response:

    Earnhardt Jr., at a dinner Monday night in Concord, said, "You're killing me. That's ridiculous," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I don't think there is a comment for that remark." Earnhardt Jr. said with everything his stepmother has dealt with since the death of his father in 2001 on the last lap of the Daytona 500, "she had a full plate. We're successful on the racetrack, the people are in the right place." Earnhardt Jr. said negotiations are ongoing for a contract beyond 2007, and he expects to settle in the next couple of months.(ESPN.com)(1-24-2007)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddBenne
    She was/is dating John Menard. Yes that Menard. It was also speculated in the DEI offices last year Menard would possibly buy the team. So, assuming Theresa continued to date Menard, even go so far as to marry, even though DEI would change hands, it would still be hers.
    Interesting. Very interesting indeed.

    So would the "Menard's" decals on DEI cars only be legal at Vegas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris
    Meaning there's only one way to run a team, right?

    In her case, hiring the right people to spend time at the races seems the better approach.
    I never said there is only one way to run a team.

    I said she needs to spend more time at the races. I do not disagree that she has hired very capable people. I do think that by Theresa being at the races once in a while, she would be better able to interpret what happens in the media, and it would also allow her to be better understood by the media and fans.

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    Harvick can say all he wants about his own team, his own car, NASCAR, fans, anything that affects the whole sport. He has no business talking about the ownership of another, rival team.
    Says who?

    Harvick was asked about Dale Jr. in the context of the real possibility of Jr. joining RCR and he simply gave some non-pc speak (and legitimate) reasons why Jr. might find an RCR ride attractive. Like I noted before, the two are friends, so I doubt Harvick is saying anything Dale Jr. isn't wanting to get in circulation.

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    I donít know how relevant this but, it does appear that she not quite the "deadbeat owner" that KH says that she is.


    DEI hires two more executives: Teresa Earnhardt, President and CEO of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. has announced the appointment of John Story to the DEI executive team. Story, a sports marketing veteran who has served as CEO and General Manager of Robby Gordon Motorsports since the company's inception in 2003, will manage sales, marketing and communication's activities at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and will assist and report to recently appointed company president, Max Siegel, in strategic development of the company. In addition to his role with Robby Gordon Motorsports, Story has held marketing and/or communications positions with Greg Norman's Great White Shark Enterprises, International Speedway Corporation, Walt Disney World and the PGA of America. Mrs. Earnhardt also announced the appointment of Andrew Campagnone to Director of Sales. Campagnone has a long and varied sports sales career, and comes to DEI from Ganassi Racing where he served a similar role.(DEI Site)(1-24-2007)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamM
    I think itís ironic to hear fans complain about all the pc speak and the lack of people who say what they really think in racing today, but then as soon as some guy simply doesnít do robospeak and points out the obvious (what they've been asking for), heís trashed.
    It's quite humorous that the initial commentary came from someone who includes that world renowned diplomat "pt" in his handle

    He has no business talking about the ownership of another, rival team.

    If only we could extend this line of thought to commentary on rival racing series or OW honchos, etc.

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    If Theresa Earnhardt is a deadbeat owner using the Kevin Harvick model, what would that make Bobby Rahal?

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