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Why Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is Poised for Another Win at Texas Motor Speedway

It's a NASCAR moment that likely will forever be frozen in time: There in victory lane, a smiling Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a bear hug of congratulations from an equally beaming father Dale in April 2000 at Texas Motor Speedway, celebrating the younger Earnhardt's first career Sprint Cup victory (see video below for Junior's win and celebration). The emotion displayed by both father and son was as true, deep and raw as you will likely ever find. Yet just over 10 months later, the senior Earnhardt would be taken from both NASCAR and this world when he died in a crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt died while blocking and protecting then-teammate Michael Waltrip and Junior's burst toward the finish line for a 1-2 Dale ...

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