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There’s a sense that the Earnhardt insiders just want to get through this week, honor Earnhardt’s legacy, and get back on with the lives they’ve been leading since Feb. 18, 2001.

The one thing that’s certain is that nobody involved is the same person they were on that bright, sunny Sunday morning before Earnhardt and the rest of the field climbed into their cars for the Great American Race.

But no one’s ready to give up racing and all its heartbreak either.

Earnhardt’s eldest son, Kerry, holds out hope that the family will get DEI back on track to fulfill the his father’s vision for that race team.

“That place was built on people and racing. I’d give anything to have that back,” Kerry Earnhardt said. “Never say never. You never know what life holds for the future.”