DEI Inks Crew Chiefs To Extension

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Dale Earnhardt Inc. signed crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion to a three-year contract extension Thursday.

The deal secured Manion's long-term tenure as the crew chief for the No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

"Chemistry is a very important part of any race team, and I'm excited that we'll be able to continue to build on what we have accomplished over the past several years," Manion said. "We are looking forward to getting back out there on the track in January and hopefully starting to build on what can be a championship season."

Manion and the No. 1 team are coming off a terrific 2007 season in which Truex recorded his first career victory and qualified for the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

"We are very pleased to sign Kevin to a multi-year agreement," said John Story, vice president of motorsports operations at Dale Earnhardt Inc. "Kevin is a long time and loyal employee of Dale Earnhardt Inc., and his accomplishments speak for themselves.

"He is a proven championship caliber crew chief, and is dedicated to our company. We look forward to him continuing to build our organization towards the future."

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