Discussion

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s confidence surging

Updated: February 7, 2012, 8:29 AM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

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 ...

Read full story

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

ALSO SEE

MORE RACING HEADLINES