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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Shares A Talladega Memory From His Childhood

作者: Jeff Gluck
   
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<p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked Saturday morning about when he learned just how beloved the Earnhardt name is at Talladega Superspeedway.</p>
<p>After all, Talladega is the capital of Earnhardt Nation &ndash; now Junior Nation &ndash; where it seems like the majority of fans are rooting for one car in particular. And since Dale Earnhardt Sr. won at Talladega a whopping 10 times, the Earnhardt tradition in Alabama is long and rich.</p>
<p>Surprisingly, Earnhardt Jr. said he wasn't really aware of how big it was until he became a driver himself. As a youngster, Earnhardt Jr. said he "wasn't really concerned with how famous Dad was."</p>
<p>"I was just running around the garage having fun with my buddies," he said.</p>
<p>Most of Earnhardt Jr.'s childhood memories revolve around things other than his famous father's Talladega legacy.</p>
<p>The driver recalled how he was "in awe" of how many brand-new spark plugs and bottles of brake cleaner and glass cleaner were discarded in the Talladega garage.</p>
<p>Back then, teams didn't have crash carts &ndash; the oversized toolbox-on-wheels with various parts and pieces &ndash; so crewmen took everything with them to pit road.</p>
<p>Left behind were all the items they needed before the race but weren't interested in taking home.</p>
<p>"Me and my buddies would box it up and carry it over to (driver/owner) Jimmy Means' truck so they could take it home," Earnhardt Jr. said. "(I don't know if) they needed it. I don't even know if Jimmy really cared, but we thought we were doing something cool."</p>
<p>Aside from his Talladega janitorial work, Earnhardt Jr. and his friends "begged people to let us wax their race cars."</p>
<p>Things have obviously changed since then, but it would be funny to see Earnhardt Jr. get sentimental and ask to wax another driver's car for old time's sake.</p>




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作者: Jeff Gluck
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创建时间: 2012-05-06
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