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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-18-2001, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dale Earnhart was killed instantly when his car slammed head-on into the turn 4 wall on the last lap of the Daytona 500. His crash looked tame compared to the 18 car meelay that happened 30 laps before his crash. This was the first NASCAR race I watched start to finish in a few years (I wanted a Dodge to win thats why). The racing was actually good this time. I'm no Earnhart fan, but its something you dont want to hear about. At least he died doing what he loved to do. RIP Dale Sr.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-18-2001, 05:24 PM
 
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Oh my goodness. There are rarely any deaths in almost any motorsports these days, I can' t believe this. And for it to happen to someone like Dale Earnhardt, damn.
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i couldnt believe it when it happened. the whole thing went from a big celebration for m waltrip's 1st win to somber for the death of a legend.

salute- to one of the greatest racers ever. rip

the crash occured just one turn away from the finish and he was trying to hold back the pack for E jr and m waltrip(his new driver). a team player to the end.

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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-18-2001, 05:53 PM
 
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It was a great race until after I turned on CNN later and found out what had happened to Dale. Our prayers go out to the family.
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post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-18-2001, 06:11 PM
 
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At least he died doing what he loved to do. RIP Dale Sr.
I agree totally. It is a tragedy, but he did die "doing what he loved" and if I had a choice about the way I died, I'd want it to be during something I enjoyed. Not when I was 90+ years of age not being able to walk and think clearly. Everyone will remember Dale Earnhart as the Nascar legend that he was.

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dale was a winner from his first season in NASCAR until today.

without a dale earnhardt for fans to love and hate, NASCAR probably wouldn't be where it is today.

i was never a fan, but always impressed at his ability to dial in a car.

i was so happy for mikey waltrip. it was a well deserved win for a nice guy. i remember watching ken schader's (sp?) comments afterwards and knew things were bad, but i had no idea.

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post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-18-2001, 07:33 PM
 
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Thumbs down Tragedy

I just saw Dale`s accident on CNN and can`t believe that he died,it just didn`t seem like that serious.
Yes,he will be missed,godspeed Dale...
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I was shocked to hear the news also, even though I am not a Nascar fan racing is racing and I respect anyone who has the skill to compete.

RIP Dale.

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i couldnt believe it when it happened. the whole thing went from a big celebration for m waltrip's 1st win to somber for the death of a legend.

salute- to one of the greatest racers ever. rip

the crash occured just one turn away from the finish and he was trying to hold back the pack for E jr and m waltrip(his new driver). a team player to the end.
Tho' I wasn't one of his biggest fans,those that have followed NASCAR know that Dale Earnhart could have won the race,but,held back so Jr. and Mikey,his two team mate cars could race to the finish.
Dale you were an Icon and a hero to many and your not being here will be missed by many.
My God be with you and your family....you will be missed........

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Oh my...I just found this out from this forum! That is terrible. Although I am not a stock car fan, I hate to hear of such tragedies in any sport. My prayers to his family and friends. RIP, you will be missed. I'm sure he was enjoying life to the fullest, doing what he loved.
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