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For This Jeff Gordon Fan, It Was Hard to Bid Adieu To Dale Earnhardt

Feb. 18, 2001. What more can be said about that day to a NASCAR fan? It's a date that emotionally tests and rattles anyone in the racing community, especially those who had a connection or fondness to Ralph "Dale" Earnhardt of Kannapolis, NC. He was supposed to be virtually indestructible, walking away from some of the most grinding accidents at his lowest and putting a licking on the field at his peak. The race that had been his most elusive prize throughout his career was his final moment as a mortal figure in an immortal status. Earnhardt defined domination, heartbreak, and absolute elation in any race he competed on at the Daytona International Speedway. From his regular Cup ride to the IROC machines, it was at this high-speed facility ...

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