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NASCAR Legend Visits North Dorchester High

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HURLOCK, Md.- Students at North Dorchester High School were starstruck Thursday as NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. visited the school to discuss the importance of education.

The National Guard-sponsored racer said he was not a good student, and that held him up when he graduated high school.

"I didn't really try that hard in high school.  I got C's and occasionally some B'.  If I didn't like a class, then I didn't really try hard, and I barely passed it and that was good enough for me," said the racer.

Earnhardt Jr. said he started working in a garage, eventually working his way up to a collision center before his racing career took off.  He encouraged students to start working for their futures today.

"The one message I'm here to tell you guys is that the effort that you put in today is a direct reflection of how your life is going to be for you in the future."

Students went home with a message, and in some cases, signed mementos.

"I got a signed car and a signed hat so that was pretty cool.  His statistics was only 43 drivers, and he was one of them. And I thought that was pretty cool, so like he said, be the pursuit of what you want to be, and that's cool." said student Lucas Webber.

North Dorchester High School Principal Lynn Sorrells said she hopes Earnhardt's appearance teaches her students that they can accomplish anything.

"Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sitting in a high school classroom at one point in time, and no one is guaranteed where your life journey will take you. And one of his messages for students today was to work hard, because hard work will set you up for the future." said Sorrells.

Earnhardt Jr. was on his way to this weekend's race in Dover.

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