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NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Visits Camp

Race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., visited Redskins Park on Thursday and watched training camp practice from the sidelines. Earnhardt later signed autographs and spoke with reporters about being a longtime Redskins fan:

Q: How long have you been a Redskins fan?

A: "The first game I watched was in 1982 when they won the Super Bowl. I've been a Redskins fan ever since and I don't see why I can't stay one."

Q: What was your day like at training camp?

A: "It was a lot of fun. I didn't know what to expect. It's just like a race--it's totally different in person than what you see on television."

Q: What was it like to meet some of the players?

A: "I'm such a big fan of the Redskins, to tell them how much I support them is a good feeling."

Q: Do you ever get updates about games during your races?

A: "Even during the race season, under caution I'm getting numbers and stats told to me over the radio. I can't concentrate on what I'm doing if I don't know what the Redskins are doing."

Q: Have you ever thought of racing for Joe Gibbs?

A: "I guess I have to get traded. That'd be interesting. It seems like it'd be a lot of fun to be able to race for him. If I ever did get that opportunity, I'd have to seriously consider it."

Q: What does Coach Gibbs mean to the NASCAR circuit?

A: "To me, he's a legend on the football field. It's the same way in the racing world. He's won two cup championships with two different teams. He has a program that steadily progresses, builds and grows. He's always found himself next to success. I applaud him for coming back and being apart of this organization again."

Q: What was it like watching Joe Gibbs on the race car circuit while you were growing up?

A: "I was a kid when Joe just started building and racing cars. Seeing a glimpse of him walking through the garage was like seeing Elvis to me. I didn't even have the guts to go up and speak to him. That's why this is really a treat."

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