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NASCAR: Does Dale Earnhardt Jr. Get Preferential Treatment from TV Networks?

Racin' with Russ - When I first met Dale Earnhardt Jr., he was competing in the big Taco Bell 300 Late Model weekend at Martinsville Speedway, or at least trying to; he didn't make the big show that weekend. The main event was 200 laps, and there were four qualifying heats to make the race. He crashed his way out of his heat, making an early exit to load the car. He made $65 that weekend as a non-qualifier. The big difference between that weekend and any race weekend now is the wild throng of media and/or race fans dogging his every move through the pits. When I approached Dale Jr. back in 1995, the difference then was I was the only one interested in speaking with Dale Sr.'s son. I didn't wait in line, I didn't have to make an appointment,...

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