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Fans endure long lines for Dale Jr.'s autograph

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 23 2013 05:09:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 23 2013 06:00:00 PM CDT

Camping is a major part of race week, but fans camping in the clothing section of Walmart is not as normal.

BRISTOL, Tenn. -

Camping is a major part of race week, but fans camping in the clothing section of Walmart is not as normal.

About 50 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fans made themselves right a home in the menswear section at the Volunteer Parkway location. "It was a little rough," said fan Dennis Shelton. "I slept on the floor."

Dennis Shelton drove up from Greeneville, Tennessee in hopes of getting a early spot in line. It turns out arriving 14 hours early was enough to put him in the front of the Dale Jr. line. "I was a big [Dale Senior] fan, and when he died I started liking Dale Jr.," says Shelton.

Junior signed everything from t-shirts to toys.

Friends surprised Jeannetta Ingle with a chance to meet her favorite driver. "I was extremely excited. How often do you get to meet your hero?" says Ingle.

She was so excited she could hardly hold the t-shirt she bought just for his signature.

She says Friday morning's autograph was a life-changing experience. "It ranks right up there with having a child," says Ingle.

Many fans also stuck around to his see his live interview on ESPN.

The Bristol, Tennessee Walmart is also using this weekend to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. Store employees say the race week decorations will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.