All along I have said that Dale Jr. would part ways with DEI. A lot of people told me that there was no way he would do that, but they don't really seem to realize that Dale Earhnardt, Jr. is his own man and makes his own decisions. He's smart and listens to input from various sides, but ultimately he does make his own mind up after careful consideration. Maybe it's the Libra in him. Libras tend to weigh things out and they do not like discord.
It's been an ill-kept secret that step-mother Teresa has been difficult to deal with since Dale Jr.'s teen-aged years when he and sister Kelley went to live with his father and step-mom. Teresa, by all accounts, treats all of Dale Sr.'s children by other wives diffferently than she treats her own daughter.
Dale Jr. has made the first move to distance himself from the Teresa-run DEI. Predictions are running rampant. Personally, I'd like to see him end up driving for RCR in a black and red Budweiser #3 car next season. Richard Childress has been a good friend to Dale Jr., and was his father's best friend. He has looked out after Dale Jr. like a son.