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