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Monday Morning Teardown: The Day Dale Jr. Rediscovered His Swagger

Dale Earnhardt Jr., before his relationship with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and his stepmother took a turn for the worse, had swagger.

He was the next big thing in NASCAR, a mortal lock for Most Popular Driver and a threat to win just about every weekend. He’d survived the racing death of his father, the attendant shifting of support from his father’s fans and all that had come his way… until he and his stepmother, Teresa, got into a very public spat over his future.