CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - 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.

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