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Once The Piped Piper, Has Dale Earnhardt Jr. Lost His Plate Track Magic?

There used to be a joke inside the NASCAR garage when it came to Dale Earnhardt and restrictor plate racing: Once Earnhardt was entered in the race, everyone wanted to know who was going to finish second. The Man in Black was a restrictor plate ace and told people that he could “see” the air as it traveled over cars. Whether he really could or not isn’t known for certain, but he did see many checkered flags at the plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega over the course of his career. It’s not uncommon to hear many say he’s the best plate racer NASCAR ever had. After Earnhardt died on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, his son began to pick up where his old man left off. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the July Daytona race and the October...

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