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Earnhardt steering in the right direction

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. left Daytona frustrated and furious last July.

One of his favorite tracks, the place forever linked to his family name, had become a bore.

Junior disliked every aspect of the newfangled tandem racing at NASCAR’s superspeedways: the blind pushing, the feeling of not being in total control and the need for constant communication.

“It was a foolish freakin’ race,” he said after a 19th-place finish.

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