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NASCAR Ready for Rockingham; Earnhardt Tribute Planned

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ROCKINGHAM — NASCAR will hold its first race following the death of Dale Earnhardt this Sunday. Organizers at theNorth Carolina Motor Speedwayhave a lot more on their mind than just fast cars; they are preparing to pay tribute to their fallen hero.

The Kmart/DuraLube 400 is a go for Sunday. Race organizers say because he loved the sport, Earnhardt would never want them to put the brakes on the race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he will race, and a special tribute is being planned.

Speedway officials, Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and Richard Childress Racing are all scheduled to hold press conferences regarding the race and tribute Friday afternoon.

The speedway's general manager says ticket sales have remained steady for Sunday's race. However, several motel operators in Rockingham say they have had cancellations from Earnhardt fans who are too upset to attend.

Reigning NASCAR Busch Series rookie of the year Kevin Harvick will drive the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, formerly driven by Earnhardt.

According to theNASCAR, the car will be white instead of black, and will have No. 29 painted on its side instead of Earnhardt's traditional No. 3.

Sunday's DuraLube 400 begins at 1 p.m.


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