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Author: 3-Wide   Date: 2/10/2019 1:38:15 PM    Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

It was a neat time to be a Cup fan.  Lots of excitement.  For some reason I remember it seemed to be a time of the old guard really being challenged by a new group of drivers, and Dale was one of those that everyone knew to keep their eyes on.  I guess that is always happening, but having grown up watching Petty, Pearson, Yarborough, Baker and Allison win so often in the early 70's, you could sense that something different was beginning to happen. 

Waltrip was probably the first that I saw break into the top, but I really noticed it when Earnhardt started making waves.  It was a time for growth, and the newer younger fans (under 40), as well as some of the older fans, were looking for somebody new to root for, and were looking for somebody to get on board with early in their career... and Dale was ready to take them on that ride...

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Earnhardt Daytona 1979 Jack Kromer 2/10/2019 1:21:08 PM