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Junior follows through on dad's promise, gives Pilgrim a ride

Dale Earnhardt once promised Andy Pilgrim a shot at driving for his race team. Six years later, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is honoring that promise in the Busch Series, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: August 2, 2007, 9:53 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

For Andy Pilgrim, it's a dream come true. For Dale Earnhardt Jr., it's the fulfillment of a promise made by his father years ago.

Now, of course, it's time for the payoff, and that will come this Saturday in Montreal (ESPN2, 3 p.m. ET) and next weekend in Watkins Glen, N.Y., as NASCAR's Busch Series goes road racing. Once Dale Jr. decided to replace Shane Huffman as driver of his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, the focus turned toward building for the future and getting as high ...

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