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Hall Of Fame Profile: Dale Earnhardt, Part 1 Of 5

The NASCAR Hall of Fame will induct the five members of its inaugural class May 23. Leading up to the hall’s induction ceremony, SPEEDtv.com is profiling the first five racing legends chosen for this unique honor.Dale Earnhardt once owed thousands. He wound up owning millions.Son of NASCAR short-track star Ralph Earnhardt, Dale grew up in the mill village of Kannapolis, N.C. He hated school. He loved working on his dad’s cars. There was little doubt in his mind, even as a child, where his life was going.Connecting the dots between the dream and the reality, though, was difficult. In the end, that made the Earnhardt story all the more remarkable, however, and helped solidify him as a working man’s hero, a champion to millions who saw themselves in him.Earnhardt graduated from the hard-knocks school of small-town North Carolina – he quit high school to go racing – and became one of the world’s most famous race car drivers, acquiring riches and reputation along the way and becoming one of...

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