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.