in the Pits: Dei working to change pe...

in the Pits: Dei working to change perception of a team in trouble without Earnhardt

There are 11 comments on the CBS SportsLine story from Nov 5, 2007, titled in the Pits: Dei working to change perception of a team in trouble without Earnhardt. In it, CBS SportsLine reports that:

“Everything we hear, everything we read is all about how DEI is done. We're shutting down. It's just ridiculous”

When Martin Truex Jr. crossed the finish line in third place at Texas Motor Speedway, it capped his best weekend in almost two months and gave Dale Earnhardt Inc. via CBS SportsLine

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Junior Nation

United States

#1 Nov 6, 2007
DEI in the Pits??? I would say DEI is the Pits :)

As much as I loth Teresa I sure hope DEI can pull this out. I would hate to see Dale Sr's hard work go down the drain. DEI belongs in NASCAR and they deserve to be very successful. I wish them all the best.
TSTEWFAN

Syracuse, NY

#2 Nov 6, 2007
Junior Nation wrote:
DEI in the Pits??? I would say DEI is the Pits :)
As much as I loth Teresa I sure hope DEI can pull this out. I would hate to see Dale Sr's hard work go down the drain. DEI belongs in NASCAR and they deserve to be very successful. I wish them all the best.
While I don't loath Teresa, I agree with you. DEI does belong in NASCAR.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#3 Nov 6, 2007
Of course DEI deserves to be in NASCAR. Whether Dale Jr. is on their teams doesn't define whether DEI should be in NASCAR. Dale Sr. founded that company and if nothing more than to pay just tribute to him DEI should remain and make every attempt possible to accomplish the things he wanted to do with the team. I personally hope to see the team win a championship in the future in honor of Dale Sr. I had hoped for Jr. to be the driver to do it but if that isn't possible so be it.
TB Chief

Decatur, IL

#5 Nov 6, 2007
Whoyakidding wrote:
Of course DEI deserves to be in NASCAR. Whether Dale Jr. is on their teams doesn't define whether DEI should be in NASCAR. Dale Sr. founded that company and if nothing more than to pay just tribute to him DEI should remain and make every attempt possible to accomplish the things he wanted to do with the team. I personally hope to see the team win a championship in the future in honor of Dale Sr. I had hoped for Jr. to be the driver to do it but if that isn't possible so be it.
There is no way they can accomplish what Dale SR wanted for DEI. Teresa has already taken on Paul Menard as a partner and merged with Ginn. I don't think he would have been taking on partners. Dale would have been integrating his kids into management and ownership roles so when he retired they could take control and now that will never happen. That is not a tribute to Dale at all. So what if his name is there when all his family is gone. All they want his name for is to make money off of it. It is really sad.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#6 Nov 6, 2007
TB Chief wrote:
<quoted text>There is no way they can accomplish what Dale SR wanted for DEI. Teresa has already taken on Paul Menard as a partner and merged with Ginn. I don't think he would have been taking on partners. Dale would have been integrating his kids into management and ownership roles so when he retired they could take control and now that will never happen. That is not a tribute to Dale at all. So what if his name is there when all his family is gone. All they want his name for is to make money off of it. It is really sad.
I really don't think the "merge" with Ginn was nearly as much merge as it was buyout. I'm not hearing much out of him anymore even though he supposed is listed as owner of one of the cars. As for a actual partnership with Johm Menard I haven't seen an announcement of on that nor heard rumors of one. I have read and heard rumors of John pulling the sponsorship off the 15 car next year. Kerry is still working for DEI in some way and the grand son is supposedly under contract. Teresa Earnhardt has been around racing her whole life so I'm thinking that she is still in control of more than anyone thinks.
TB Chief

Decatur, IL

#7 Nov 6, 2007
Oh she is in control. I didnt say that. I just meant that the dreams of Dale Sr are long gone. He is just a name on merchandise and the company letterhead. She has done nothing with his dreams in mind otherwise this crap with Junior could have been averted. He went to St. Louis and got Junior that sponsor and he had Kelly and Junior in his future plans and I don't care what anyone says. It's the truth. Ask his friends. Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, they will tell you what he had planned and it sure as hell wasn't this.
over8ted

United States

#9 Nov 8, 2007
But he didnt write it down anywhere.
Just a fan

United States

#10 Nov 11, 2007
Its just to sad to dwell on what ifs. Dale senior was just Dale; a great race car driver, and a man with hopes and dreams. But that's all past, now. What we as fans have and should remember is the memories of his racing accomplishments and his great smile (which always seemed to have a little mischievious thinking going on behind it, like wait till we're on the track next time). We got it easy as fans, but his family will always have the tough job of carrying on without him. DEI is a busness now, let it be. God bless the family.
tjusttaintright

United States

#12 Nov 12, 2007
That's what happens when ya don't leave a will. And ya marry a money hungry bitch.

Shame, real shame.

Kerry can't drive, he needs to stay close to momma's apron strings. ;)
Cheryl

San Francisco, CA

#13 Nov 12, 2007
Everything aside, I do not believe we will see teams as they used to be. It has become too expensive to field race teams and I think we will see more mergers of race teams with non racing entities that can influx the money.
TB Chief

Decatur, IL

#14 Nov 12, 2007
Cheryl wrote:
Everything aside, I do not believe we will see teams as they used to be. It has become too expensive to field race teams and I think we will see more mergers of race teams with non racing entities that can influx the money.
Yes, we are seeing people outside of racing invest in Nascar teams. The owner of the Red sox bought 50% of Rousch and you will see more. The point I want to make is with the full time running of the COT next year the cost of fielding cars will start to reduce. I saw an interview with Michael Waltrip before the year started and he said this will be a very expensive year due to having to run the old and the new cars. But when they go to the COT cars full time the costs will go down. I understand that the COT's are adaptable to all the different track sizes and where they used to build 10-15 cars they will be able to just build 4-6 cars each year and replace as needed. He said there will still be big money teams that will build 10-12 cars but it will not be necessary. So the lower budget teams will have a better chance at competing. I realize that this is all on paper but that is the theory behind the new cars. Safety was also a factor.

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