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At age 6, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the best seat in the house to watch dad race

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 11, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 11, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Growing up the son of a NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent a lot of time at the racetrack.

In this Throwback Thursday photo -- which we're using in honor of Flashback Friday -- a 6-year-old Dale Jr. stands atop a camper in the infield of the old Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway while watching his dad race on Feb. 22, 1981.

Who knew then that this little guy would one day be NASCAR's 13-time most popular driver, a two-time Daytona 500 champion and in many ways the face of the sport?

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.@DaleJr, age 6, had the best seat in the house to watch his dad race.

RIR, 1981. #TBT pic.twitter.com/JwN4Fln9Mo

— Richmond Raceway (@RIRInsider) March 17, 2016