Some athletes inject some a lot vitality and innovation right into a sport, one which they totally dominate for years on finish, that they develop into family names, well-known even to those that don’t comply with sports activities. Dale Earnhardt Sr. is that sort of sports activities superstar, one of many largest stars in NASCAR history. Earnhardt Sr., in his extremely recognizable “3”-adorned inventory automobile, gained 76 main races between 1979 and 2000, together with the illustrious Daytona 500 in 1998.
Earnhardt Sr. got here near ending close to the highest of the pack for the Daytona 500 once more in February 2001, however issues would go tragically awry on the ultimate lap, leading to a deadly auto crash earlier than tens of 1000’s of followers. As Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove neck and neck in a dramatic battle for first place, a showdown for third place developed between Earnhardt Sr., Sterling Martin, and Ken Schrader. Earnhardt, an aggressive driver generally known as “The Intimidator,” brushed up in opposition to Marlin’s automobile, however then misplaced management and veered off beam, hanging a wall, after which endured one other hit from Schrader, in keeping with ESPN. Earnhardt Sr. didn’t rapidly emerge from his automobile, sending medics and a rescue crew into motion. Extracted from the totaled race automobile, Earnhardt was rushed to Halifax Medical Middle, the place he was pronounced lifeless at age 49. The reason for dying, in keeping with a NASCAR crash report (through Motorsport): Earnhardt Sr. absorbed a pointy impression to the again of his head in the course of the crash.