Unlike father, unlike son

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Unlike father, unlike son

Dale Earnhardt Jr. stuck in an intimidating shadow
Try as he might, Dale Earnhardt Jr. can’t replicate the success of his father. He’s stuck in the shadow. He goes by “Dale,” and that’s what his circle calls him, but he’s just “Junior” to most people. He can’t please a rabid fan base, much of it inherited, that demands a championship. Worst of all, he can’t shake the pressure that comes from being the namesake of an icon.
Before an accident in Wednesday’s practice wrecked his pole-winning car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was slated to start first in today’s Daytona 500, which raised hope the prodigal son could end his miserable slump in the biggest race of the NASCAR season.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident on the final lap of the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl. Earnhardt’s son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., had qualified for the pole position in today’s race before an accident in practice forced him to start at the back of the 43-car field.

Unlike father, unlike son

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Try as he might, Dale Earnhardt Jr. can’t replicate the success of his father. He’s stuck in the shadow. He goes by “Dale,” and that’s what his circle calls him, but he’s just “Junior” to most people. He can’t please a rabid fan base, much of it inherited, that demands a championship. Worst of all, he can’t shake the pressure that comes from being the namesake of an icon.
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Before an accident in Wednesday’s practice wrecked his pole-winning car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was slated to start first in today’s Daytona 500, which raised hope the prodigal son could end his miserable slump in the biggest race of the NASCAR season.
CAR
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident on the final lap of the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl. Earnhardt’s son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., had qualified for the pole position in today’s race before an accident in practice forced him to start at the back of the 43-car field.
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