"Dang it! Dale Jr. put my kids through college and I was hoping he would stick around long enough to send my grandkids to college," Gossage said.
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"I talked to Carl about a month ago and he didn't give any indication that he was considering this," Gossage said. "It is a shock that just doesn't seem real."
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