Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s confidence surging
HARRISBURG, N.C. -- For NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, validation of a gutsy hunch came in the form of a pedestrian family outing.
"When I saw Dale Earnhardt [Jr.] getting in a car with Steve Letarte and his kids, going to the mall, I said, 'You've got him. This is it,'" Hendrick chuckled. "Dale wants to be comfortable. He wants to respect the guy and he wants the guy to respect him. Period."
Truth told, Earnhardt's respect for Letarte may have saved his career ...
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