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Clearing the boards: Dale Jr. answers his cybercritics

Updated: May 3, 2012, 1:30 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Sure, he's been named NASCAR's Most Popular Driver nine times. Yes, through eight races this season, he was sitting pretty in the top five, giving Junior Nation something to crow about. But Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s critics always have plenty to say, especially about whether the Intimidator's son truly deserves the racing spotlight. Junior's victory drought of nearly four years provides plenty of ammo for message-board taunts. We asked Junebug to respond to some of his most vocal detractors.

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