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Herbert's already proven he's a winner

Updated: September 21, 2009, 3:50 PM ET
By David Newton

CONCORD, N.C. -- The bid for the 10-week-old puppy, an adorable mixture of Chihuahua and chocolate Lab, had reached $1,200.

"Going once!" the auctioneer yelled. "Twice …"

A voice from a table just off the stage bellowed, "Ten thousand dollars!"

Jaws dropped. The room at nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway went quiet before erupting into applause for NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson for his generous bid. The applause got louder when Johnson gave the puppy ...

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