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Dale Jr.’s reaction to winning 2000 All-Star Race: ‘Can you believe it?’

CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he had no illusions about winning NASCAR’s All-Star Race when he lined up as a Cup Series rookie for the event in 2000.

But when his inaugural run in the event was over, Earnhardt Jr. was standing in Victory Lane next to his famous father. And this time, it was the son celebrating the big win.

“I remember standing with Dad in Victory Lane, standing up there and taking pictures with him,” Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday when he unveiled the special paint scheme for his final All-Star Race this Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.