Remembering Dale Earnhardt

As the cars race around Daytona International Speedway, I wanted to pause to remember a Nascar legend: Dale Earnhardt.

Today is the tenth anniversary of his passing, following a wreck on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.  I will never forget watching that race as Darrell Waltrip called (and cried during) his brother Michael’s win and said, “I just hope Dale’s OK.  I guess he’s alright, isn’t he?”

SceneDaily.com has published a collection of photos of Dale Earnhardt, so go take a look.

Today, remember the Intimidator.  He was a racer from a different time and a different age.  He embodied Nascar.  And he departed way too soon.

*Update*

SceneDaily.com also published an excerpt this morning from Michael Waltrip’s new book, In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything.  This tells Michael’s side of the story of that fateful day.  Be forewarned, it’ll bring you to tears.

*Update 2*

ESPN has an incredibly touching segment on the day that Dale Earnhardt died, with some incredible videos and interviews.