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Daytona 500 Memories: For One Afternoon, I Was an Earnhardt Fan

When I started getting into NASCAR back in the 1992, one of the first things I heard about was Dale Earnhardt and the Daytona 500. I wasn't a fan of Earnhardt, but a close friend of my father was. We'd jab one another about who to cheer for every Sunday during the season. I soon became a fan of Jeff Gordon, and I got the jabs about things like how the car looked. But, in the back of my mind, I knew what the Daytona 500 meant to Earnhardt and the entire NASCAR fan base. Stories of how he came close to winning but failed were put in my head practically from the get-go. Running out of fuel, his infamous seagull incident, and cutting a tire down were planted in my mind. My first Daytona 500 was in 1993, so needless to say I was curious if Earnh...

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