In Memory Of Dale Earnhardt

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.- - A head-on crash into the turn four wall on the final lap of the Daytona 500 claimed the life of seven time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. The greatest driver in the history of stock car racing was battling for third position when he was clipped by Sterling Marlin's car. Earnhardt's car shot across the track hitting the wall head-on. February 18, 2001 will go down as the darkest day in the history of stock car racing.

Hendrick Motorsports statement
"Everyone at Hendrick Motorsports is deeply saddened by the death of Dale Earnhardt. Our prayers are with his family that they find strength during this difficult time. He was a great competitor and a true friend to everyone in the NASCAR family. Dale's contributions to the growth and popularity of our sport are immeasurable. He was also a great human being, husband and father. He will truly be missed. We ask everyone to join us in our prayers for Dale and his family."

John Hendrick, President
Hendrick Motorsports

Jimmy's Tribute
During his sold out concert at the Charlotte Coliseum on Tuesday, February 20, Jimmy Buffett paid tribute to Dale Earnhardt. "I know he had a great sense of humor and he would want us here raising hell tonight," Jimmy told the Parrotheads. "From all of us to all of you, heroes are hard to come by so we'll take number 3 around the track for Dale right now." The concert was scheduled months ahead of time. But it was what the people of Charlotte needed most on a cold February evening. Jimmy dedicated the song "Take Another Road" (with slightly altered lyrics) to the seven-time champion.

'Never look back, that's what he swore
Take 'ol number three to the shore
Somewhere, somewhere...
Take another road to a hiding place
Disappear without a trace
Take another road to another time'

At the end of the night, Jimmy came back on stage for one last song-- "Oysters and Pearls." A song about those rare individuals willing to take huge risks for the ultimate glory. Indeed, a fitting tribute to The Intimidator. The last line "Lindbergh left Long Island in 1927" was replaced with "Earnhardt left Daytona... February 2001." His final words to the Charlotte crowd were "Goodnight everybody, God bless you. For you Dale."

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