Earnhardt, seen here in his military school uniform, has always been close to his family and shared a special relationship with his sister.
"We liked to go to as many races as we could when we were kids, but school prevented us from going, but we always got to go to the 400," Earnhardt Jr. "It's just been a mainstay in my life and a part of what I got excited about year after year."The Pepsi 400 always held special memories for Junior as it was one of the few races that he and his siblings could watch in person while they were in school.
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The two hit it off instantly, cracking jokes on pit road and showing off their naturally competitive spirits.
Dale has won NASCAR's most popular driver award for 14 years running and is an undisputed fan favorite despite never having won a championship in NASCAR's top circuit.
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Junior and his father would become only the third father-son pair to win the Daytona 500, joining Lee and Richard Petty, and Bobby and Davey Allison. "When I went to military school in seventh grade, she went with me because she was worried about me," he told USA Today. Sometimes I take it for granted how much she cares for me."Earnhardt, seen here in his military school uniform, has always been close to his family and shared a special relationship with his sister. I'd been trying to do that all my life." Junior did just that, winning 13 races within the next two years. I'd been trying to do that all my life." Junior did just that, winning 13 races within the next two years.
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The son of legendary driver and seven-time champ Dale Earnhardt plans to remain a "part of the future of this sport for many, many years to come," and will no doubt be a part of racing royalty for generations to come.
Congrats, Dale, on a career and reputation that has and will continue to captivate racing fans around the world!