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Earnhardt reveals plenty in telltale documentary 'Shifting Gears'

What's it like to walk in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes? From his decision to leave the company that his dad built to his decision to join Hendrick Motorsports, Junior's life is exposed like never before in the behind-the-scenes documentary "Shifting Gears."

Updated: February 7, 2008, 12:44 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Finally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. could smile again.

On Wednesday, June 13, at 12:05 p.m. ET, he stood up from his seat on the stage at JR Motorsports and audibly exhaled. Moments earlier he had revealed to the world that he would be driving for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008. Just 34 days earlier he had stood on this same stage to announce his departure from Dale Earnhardt Inc. During that grueling month of free agency, fan outrage and media frenzy, smiling was a luxury that he hadn't ...

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