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Junior gets IVs to stay hydrated

Updated: July 25, 2009, 4:11 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- When you're NASCAR's most popular driver a little thing like a stomach virus will draw headlines.

But Dale Earnhardt Jr. won't let two days of fever, IVs and nausea keep him out of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"We didn't have to dial 911," Earnhardt said after qualifying third on Saturday. "I had a stomach virus pop up late Thursday night and was throwing up and all that good stuff all the way up until 5 o'clock in the morning [Friday]. I ...

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