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New team, new sponsors, new hope for Earnhardt Jr.

Ever wonder what's on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s iPod? Would you believe ... Barry Manilow? "I mean, the guy's a legend," Junior says. Ah, it's good to be Dale Jr. these days, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: June 22, 2007, 5:00 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

SONOMA, Calif. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a Barry Manilow fan.

"Sure, I have a few of his tunes on my iPod," Earnhardt said. "I really like 'Weekend in New England.' I mean, the guy's a legend. Doesn't everybody listen to a few of Barry's songs every now and then."

Meet the new Dale Jr., folks, the one who smiles 95 percent of the time and isn't afraid to redesign his image.

Earnhardt enjoyed a gorgeous Napa Valley evening at the Nickel & Nickel Winery on Thursday night, ...

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