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The human side of the Hall of Famers

Updated: May 20, 2010, 3:28 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

I knew them. Every one of them.

And so when I look at the list of the five inaugural inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, I don't think so much of their resumes -- their achievements are well-documented -- but of the real human beings.

Here are some recollections, up close and personal.

The Intimidator

It was on an April morning in 1987 that I learned what Dale Earnhardt was all about. He was driving a station wagon, and I was his only passenger, somewhere in North Carolina. ...

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