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Posted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday, February 25, 2017
This Dale Jr. / Dale Earnhardt Father & Son Tribute Will Leave You Teary Eyed
Take my word for it, if you have a heart at all, you want to grab some Kleenex before you watch this video…
It’s no secret that Dale Earnhardt Jr and his dad should have had several more years together on the track, but with the elder Earnhardt’s untimely passing, the first family of NASCAR was cut in half before the king, Dale Sr, had an opportunity to pass his crown to his son. What a lot of fans may not realize is that for years before his driving debut, Junior was present much of the time his father was in the limelight, hovering nearby and watching his dad in action on and off the track, learning his ways and who to and not to trust.
As he came of age, junior found himself in the cockpit, staring at the looming legend of Dale Sr, knowing what it would take to step out from that shadow and earn his way in the cutthroat sport. When Senior was killed in an untimely crash at Daytona in 2001, Junior suddenly had the spotlight to himself, and he skyrocketed to fame and instant-fan favorite, and he’s taken full advantage of that opportunity as one of the most popular drivers in all of motorsports, a title he’s a little more comfortable with these days.