Friday, August 8, 2014

Dale Junior talks about losing the National Guard as sponsor

   Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke briefly Friday morning before Sprint Cup Series practice at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International about the news this week that the Army National Guard will not return next season as a sponsor on his No. 88 Chevrolet.

   In a statement, Hendrick Motorsports said it had an agreement in place for the 2015 season which it planned to honor.

   “I really don’t have any details on anything,’’ Earnhardt said. "That’s between the Guard and HMS to sort all that out. Really enjoyed working with them over the last seven years and hope to be able to continue to represent them. It’s a huge honor.’’

   Asked if he had any indication this decision was imminent, Earnhardt said: "There's been the debate in Washington and I've been watching it for several years. Hopefully, we'll be able to continue to represent them. I really have enjoyed it. It's been a great partnership. I think it's been very effective and hopefully we'll continue to do that."