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Like father, like son…

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice. But maybe in this case it did. Dale Earnhardt winning the Daytona 500 was among the most anticipated events of the day back in 1990. Earnhardt had been trying to win the Daytona 500 for over a decade when he found himself fighting for the lead with Derrike Cope on the final lap of the 1990 edition of the “Great American Race”.  Earnhardt was leading the race, nearly within sight of the finish line when he ran over a piece of metal, blowing out a tire. Cope passed Earnhardt for the win. “The Intimidator”, as Earnhardt was known, finally got the checkered flag in 1998.

Fast forward to May 29, 2011. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in a 104 race winless streak. His fans were anticipating a win just as his father’s fans had done over 20 years before. This could be the day for a win! With just a few laps remaining, Junior found himself in the lead as the white flag flew. He led into Turn 3 just as his dad had done at Daytona. And with victory in sight, young Earnhardt’s fuel tank ran dry allowing Kevin Harvick to pick up the victory. Dale Jr. will win again, just as his father did. But the waiting can be maddening.


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