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Intimidation was Earnhardt's trademark

Updated: May 1, 2007, 9:27 AM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

"There was nothing that you didn't expect. Sometimes it meant just putting a move on you that shook your head and said, 'Oh, man. I just got taken to school.' Other times it was just BANG," said Jeff Gordon about Dale Earnhardt on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

The man who played a huge role in making the sport what it is today never had a chance to leave it on his own terms. NASCAR went numb on Feb. 18, 2001 when Dale Earnhardt crashed head-on into a wall in the final lap of ...

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