If there was any doubt that the competitive fire still burns in the belly of Dale Earnhardt despite his advancing years, he certainly dispelled all such notions by winning the 40th annual Daytona 500 in 1998, on his twentieth try. The aggressive style of seven-time Winston Cup champion has mesmerized a generation of fans and assured him a place in the premier rank of the sport's greatest drivers. He's a NASCAR legend and a child of the South who has rewritten the record books with is daring style on the track and his folksy style off it. A third-generation race car driver, his love of family, the outdoors and his Carolina roots have stirred the imagination of millions of fans and made him a role model for many.
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Persinger is a journalist and writer who began covering sports while in college.