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The Minister of Defense

Updated: December 27, 2004, 7:42 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

A dozen Chevrolet Monte Carlos, in various stages of construction, graced the immaculate shop at Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville, N.C. Some of them were nearly finished products, race cars bearing the distinctive green of the No. 18 driven by Bobby Labonte and the orange No. 20 of Tony Stewart.

And yet, when Reginald Howard White stepped through the door, it seems he was the biggest thing in the room. At 6-foot-5, he still carried his playing weight of 300 pounds, and then some. The mechanics ...

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