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What I Like About You

By Carol Einarsson | 01/17/2008
I like that you are even-tempered. Even when you're frustrated, you can be trusted not to go after a guy after the race or in the pits. You have an admirable sense of self-control.

I like that when you won at Texas and put the hat on, you looked natural and not goofy.

I like that you understate the importance of your leadership. When Kevin Harvick was nearly in a fight and you walked up to make sure there was no trouble, you later told the media that Kevin had himself under control and you minimized the effect of your intervention so as to promote your teammate.

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By Carol Einarsson | 07/19/2007
Originally published February 7, 2004, but timeless in its truth about all that I like about Kyle Petty!

I like that there's so much to like about Kyle Petty that as I start to write, I find that I don't know where to start.

I like that smile, of course.

I like that he prays with his kids every night.

I like that he has a heart for charity, and does things not just for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, but also for Make-A-Wish, Boy Scouts, and the Racing Wives Auxiliary.

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By Carol Einarsson | 06/22/2007
With the weekend upon us that will find Terry Labonte in the NAPA 55 Toyota, I thought this was an appropriate time to share something originally written back in January of 2004. It's every bit as true today as ever.

I like that, while it's not as big or as widely publicized as Kyle Petty's charity ride, Terry has his own ride around Texas for charity.

I like that because he's generally quiet, when he does say something, we always listen more closely. And then we often smile.

I like the way he looks at a Tiger's nose and says, "Bluer."

I like the commercials he did so long ago, competing with his little brother, too.

I like that Terry is so admired by that same little brother that when he was injured on the sidelines, a victorious Bobby stopped in front of Terry's pit to wave.

I like that little fluffy thing on a leash that he calls a dog.

I like that Terry Labonte is a man that every driver in the garage area respects.

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By Carol Einarsson | 02/01/2007

I like that we often get to see pictures and even video of you when you were a little kid.

I like that despite the tragedy in your family and having to live through that tragedy in a very public way, you came out of it a strong leader.

I like the rectangle scar on the left side of your neck because whenever I see it, I remember the angels that lifted you from that burning car.

I like that you have a sister like Kelley to help guide and counsel you in all things business, romance, and otherwise. With the circus that surrounds you it has to be hard to know who to trust, but Kelley is always looking out for you.

I like your school picture from military school.

I like that even when you won at Daytona in the summer of 2001, you realized that your win was bigger than even you knew.

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By Carol Einarsson | 01/18/2007
I liked your smile. It was always sincere. And when you laughed, it was simply joyful. If someone said something that tickled you, we knew, and sometimes that was going to a commercial or coming out of a commercial, and those times always made us wish we'd been part of the joke.

I liked your blue eyes. When you were happy they sparkled, and when you were serious, they were sincere.

I liked your orange shirt that you would wear each October. I know I sometimes teased about the pumpkin-y appearance, but when I think about racing this October, it just won't be the same without you.

I liked that you were the original fan of the people. You were just as happy walking around the garage as you were mingling with tailgaters. You were truly the essence of a "people person".

I liked that you were part of the sport beyond what most reporters are. A reporter, by nature, is on the outside observing, but you were still part of the sport, affecting the play of the game by offering monetary incentive to do a better job. The teams were not just battling each other in the perfection of a pit stop, but they were challenged by your $100 payout if they succeeded.

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By Carol Einarsson | 11/30/2006
I like that Casey has a cat that scratches its chin on boxes the same way my own cat does.

I like that his favorite restaurant is Italian.

I like that if there's a crooked piece of paper on the coffee table, he'll straighten it with the edges of the table before he leaves the room. I wonder if his shoelace loops have to be even, too.

I like that he gets to the races early so that he can be a hermit for a day. Hermits are good.

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