Heroes And Throwdowns
Tailgater Magazine|September/October 2019
AS IT SIT here writing this, we received the news that Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s airplane had crashed as he was traveling with his family to the race in Bristol, Tennessee.
Vic Clevenger

Thankfully everyone escaped. But it got me thinking about our sports heroes. When a friend posted about this event, I responded, “It was like I heard the news about a family member.” But why did I feel this way? Dale Jr. has never attended a Clevenger family reunion. Shoot, I’ve never even met him at a racetrack. But I feel like I know him.

Dale Jr. was my racing hero. I have his hats, shirts and even a cooler from his days of driving the No. 8 car. When he retired, I was worried about who I would follow next, who would be my hero.

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