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Chasing a Legend

Updated: December 6, 2006, 11:23 AM ET
By Bob Carter | Special to ESPN.com

"From a fan's perspective, they think it's Greek mythology. They think your father just chewed something up and spit out a piece of himself and you should be as good as he is right off the bat," says Kyle Petty about Dale Earnhardt Jr. on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

The year before his father died in a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500, he wrote an essay about him that was later picked up by NASCAR's website. "No fire could burn his character, no stone could break it," Dale ...

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