Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thanks, Dale Earnhardt.

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Thank you Dale Earnhardt for making this sport what it is today.  You, and people like Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison , Cale Yarborough and many others helped put NASCAR on the map.

Dale's gone, he died on this date in 2001.  I hope you will help celebrate the life of not only a great race car driver, but a great man.  To me, Dale Earnhardt was the best race driver God ever put on this earth.  I certainly don't know your personal feelings about that, but even if you didn't like him, you had to respect him.  Dale came from basically nothing and got almost everything there was to get.  Dale won 7 championships, and 76 races.  He finally won the Daytona 500 in 1998.  

Dale died near turn 4 at Daytona International Speedway on Februrary 18, 2001.  He died very near where his buddy, Neil Bonnet died in 1994.  When I say Dale Earnhardt was a hero, I'm not kidding.  Neil was a hero of mine too.

Light a candle, and if you're near Mooresville, NC, go to the DEI headquarters on Highway 3.  Or go to the shop of Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, NC, and light a candle there.

This day in 2001, we lost a great man.  Let's remember him.


  1. With out a doubt the best there ever was, 676 starts, 76 wins. First win Bristol 1979 in his 16th start, and rookie of the year. 1980 Winston Cup Champion.Last win Talladega 2000 in what could be considered one of the best come from behind wins ever. 1998 Daytona 500 winner. IROC Champion.And so much more. NASCAR lost a lot February 18th 2001 and in my opinion has not been the same ever since , although I do believe many a driver can thank old Dale for walking away from some harsh wrecks.

  2. Thanks 3bud. I really appreciate your comments.

  3. Thanks, yours was one of only a few recognitions to Dale I saw,and IMO the best.Pretty much my own thoughts. Just found your site and will be checking back.


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