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Feb. 12, 1999
The World of NASCAR: Earnhardts Go Head-to-Head
by Troy Fletcher - Special to United Press International

What happens when "The Intimidator" finally meets "Little E" on U.S. turf? We'll all find out Friday.

That's when seven-time Winston Cup champ Dale Earnhardt Sr. will go up against son Dale Jr., the reigning Busch Grand National Series champion, for the first time in the United States. The two are slated to run in the True Value International Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway.

"Daytona is thrilled to be a part of this history-making race between father and son," said track president John Graham. "The IROC is an opportunity for fans to see top drivers from other forms of motorsports compete against the best stock car drivers."

Joining the Earnhardts in the IROC field will be Winston Cup drivers Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett; IRL drivers Kenny Brack and Eddie Cheever; and CART regulars Greg Moore, Al Unser Jr. and Adrian Fernandez.

Dale Jr., known as Little E, will be racing in his first IROC competition. He's more than anxious to see what he can accomplish.

"Just to be among so many champions is a real thrill, but to go fender-to-fender with them is what I count as a real privilege that not too many people get to experience," he said. "I have watched my dad race these cars for years and it looked like so much fun. Just to know that you are in cars that are equally prepared and that no one has a real advantage is what makes IROC racing great.

"Racing with my dad for the second time in my life is also going to be fun. But remember, I'm an Earnhardt and I am going to race to win."

The father and son first raced against each other in the NASCAR Thunder Special Motegi Coca Cola 500, an exhibition event held in Motegi, Japan, in November. Little E is also scheduled to run in five Winston Cup races this season.(Country.com)

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