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NASCAR Notes: Earnhardt signs 5-year extension with Hendrick

Earnhardt signs 5-year extension with Hendrick
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed a five-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports.

The extension keeps NASCAR's most popular driver with Hendrick through 2017.

The deal had been in the works most of this season, with both sides in agreement they wanted to continue the relationship.

Earnhardt left his late father's race team at the end of the 2007 season to join car owner Rick Hendrick. Earnhardt's courtship was the most frenzied free agency in NASCAR history, and he chose the most dominant team in the Sprint Cup Series.

But success has been hard to come by for Earnhardt. He's won just one race since leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc., and it came at Michigan in 2008.

He heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend stuck in a 117-race winless streak.

Fastenal to sponsor Edwards for 17 races next year
Fastenal will sponsor Carl Edwards for 17 races in the Sprint Cup Series beginning next season.

Edwards signed a contract extension last month with Roush Fenway Racing, and the team immediately went to work looking for sponsorship for one of NASCAR's most marketable drivers. Aflac is currently Edwards' primary sponsor, but the insurance company has not said yet if it will return next season.

Fastenal has had a relationship with Edwards since 1999 and has been the primary sponsor for him in the Nationwide Series the last two seasons.

Fastenal is a fastener distributor and supplier for the industrial and construction industry.

Terms on the deal announced Thursday were not released. Roush Fenway said only its a multiyear deal.

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