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Even at Graceland, Earnhardt's Elvis-like popularity soars

What did Dale Earnhardt Jr. like most about Elvis? The King had charisma, Junior says. When Elvis entered a room, he changed the room. Hmmm ... sound familiar?

Updated: August 16, 2007, 1:33 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. meanders about the halls of Graceland with his grandmother Martha and aunt Kathy. A gaggle of random buddies, including NHRA Top Fuel drag racing star Brandon Bernstein, are in tow.

They follow along attentively as an enthusiastic tour guide gushes the fine detail of everything Elvis. She points to a massive television set (TV table may be more accurate) and explains it was a commemorative gift to Elvis from RCA upon his return from the Army. ...

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