Junior looking for victory at place where his legend began

The year was 2000, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in just his seventh Cup race. He won that day at Texas, but the victories have been sparse lately. Is this weekend's race the one that breaks a 68-race winless drought? Many say the time is coming soon, writes David Newton.

Updated: April 4, 2008, 7:11 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

FORT WORTH , Texas -- Dale Earnhardt pulled his famous black No. 3 car beside Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway and waited anxiously for his not-so-famous son to complete his first victory lap in what was then the Winston Cup Series.

The elder Earnhardt was so excited, arguably more than after his win in the 1998 Daytona 500, that at one point he threw his arms around track president Eddie Gossage and screamed, "Can you believe this Gossage? Can you believe this?"

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