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How's that for a catchy headline?
Thing is, it's got the heft of truth to it. For most of the last decade, NASCAR fans have wondered who would step up to the challenge of following in the late Intimidator's tire tracks. Turns out, it might have been the guy who took over for him in the first place.
It's become clear that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has neither the personality nor the driving skills to do so, and that's not a knock on Junior at all; it's just the way he was built. Kyle Busch comes the closest to driving like Senior, but his public persona is about 180 degrees from that of Dale. (Privately, he's every bit as conniving and calculating, but publicly, he's got that unfortunate crybaby rep.) Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson ... all have elements of Earnhardt's personality and/or talent, but nobody combines the whole package.
Well, nobody except Kevin Harvick.
Check this. Harvick has the talent to run at the front of the pack, as we've seen this year. He's got the kind of attitude and personality to sway the masses. (Witness the fights he's picked with the media and NASCAR, two easy targets to get fans on your side.) He's married to perhaps the most forthright NASCAR wife in the sport's history. And he's not afraid to race old-school style, as he demonstrated Sunday: