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NASCAR After Dale Earnhardt: Sport Reflects After 10 Years

Dale Earnhardt was running in third place on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. In an instant, everything changed. The story is familiar. The crash, the outpouring of grief and the struggle and ultimate triumph of the son all remain fresh in the minds of people who followed the sport then. It remains a part of the sport to this day. 10 years later, the sport still responds at the mention of his name. His legacy runs deep in the community. Kevin Harvick sometimes is the forgotten part of the story from 2001. At 25 years old, he was just making a name for himself as the pilot of Richard Childress Racing’s Nationwide entry when he got the call to replace the Intimidator. At the time, he didn’t think it was an enviable spot, but ...

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