Are those tuxedos fireproof?

The annual Sprint Cup awards banquet has produced its share of misty-eyed moments. And if you consider Jeff Gordon toasting Dale Earnhardt with a glass of milk, some pretty funny ones, too, writes Ryan McGee.

Updated: January 12, 2009, 10:17 AM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

"This is a long way from Kannapolis, ain't it?"

Those were the words of Dale Earnhardt 14 years ago as he stepped out of the Presidential Suite at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel (note the ultra-cool double hyphen) to go downstairs to the ballroom to accept his seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy.

As usual, The Man in Black (this night it was a black tuxedo) was spot-on.

On Friday night, for the 28th time, NASCAR will drop its shop rags and pick ...

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