Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/12/12
In all probability this Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, someone will pose a question that should never be asked. For the first time in 33 years, a NASCAR Sprint Cup race will take the green flag without an Earnhardt in the field. NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., sits sidelined with a concussion from a crash during testing at Kansas, aggravated by last week's last-lap crash at Talladega. During 1979, his father's rookie Cup season, Dale Earnhardt had a nasty crash in the July Pocono race, breaking a collarbone. You might be able to drive with a broken collarbone. But you can't tighten your shoulder harness, so Dale sat out the next four weeks to heal. David Pearson, rideless after splitting with the Wood Brothers that April, climbed aboard Dale's No. 2 Osterlund Chevy. Showing the form that made him a shoe-in for NASCAR's Hall of Fame, the Silver Fox started and finished second at Talladega, won the pole at Michigan, finishing fourth, and was seventh a...
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