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RACING STAR IS 43 TODAY

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was born in Kannapolis, NC.

NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Busch Series Championship in
1998 and 1999 and the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. He went into his
first race with a car he co-owned with his half brother Kerry. Junior, as he
is called by many, won his 12th consecutive Sprint Cup Series Most Popular
Driver Award in 2014. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale
Earnhardt Sr.

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Junior (left) with father Dale Sr. who was killed on February 18, 2001
on the final lap of the Daytona 500. 

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NASCAR LEGEND HAS DIED AT 74

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Robert Yates (April 19, 1943 – October 2, 2017)

(AP ) – NASCAR team owner and engine builder Robert Yates died Monday night
at age 74. No cause of death was given, but Yates had been battling liver cancer.

His son Doug Yates, who today runs Robert Yates Engines, posted the news on
Twitter, calling his dad his "hero."

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DRIVER TO MAKE HISTORY THIS SUNDAY

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(FoxNews) – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. will make his Monster Energy Cup
Series debut this Sunday at Pocono Raceway (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1),
becoming the first black driver since Bill Lester in June of 2006 to run in
NASCAR’s top series.

Wallace is stepping in to sub for the injured Aric Almirola in the iconic No.
43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. He was born in Mobile, Alabama but
grew up in Concord, North Carolina. Wallace will be 24 in October.

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CAR AD FROM 1964 ~

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FORMER RACE CAR DRIVER HAS DIED AT 89

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Jim McElreath (February 18, 1928 – May 18, 2017)

(AP) – Jim McElreath, a teenage dirt-track racer who went on to
become the 1962 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and race
in 15 Indy 500s, has died.

Separate statements issued by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
and Texas Motor Speedway say McElreath died Thursday in his
sleep at his home in Arlington, Texas.

McElreath had been one of eight surviving drivers who had driven
a front-engine car in the Indy 500, where rear-mounted engines
are now standard. He finished sixth or higher in the 500 six times,
finishing as high as third in the 1966 race.

McElreath retired from competition in 1984 and has been inducted
into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, the Texas
Motorsports Hall of Fame and the National Sprint Car Hall of
Fame.

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