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Pressure on Junior only mounts

Updated: February 21, 2004, 4:51 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | Special to ESPN.com

Junior Winning the Daytona 500 was the best thing that's happened to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s racing career, and quite possibly his life.

Not only did he beat 42 other drivers to the finish line this past Sunday, Earnhardt Jr. also defeated critics who said he'd never win the biggest stock car race in the world -- or on a higher level, that he'd never be able to hold a candle behind the wheel to his legendary father.

But in the whole scheme of things, the inherent pressure to win that ...

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