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Old 02-18-2001, 04:00 PM   #1
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Unhappy The Intimidator is Dead.................

I know the people on this board are not big NASCAR fans, but we must pay our homage to one of the greats of the sport who was killed today at Daytona. Dale Earnhardt Sr was killed today when his car slammed head first into the wall on the last lap. His crash looked like the kind that a HANS device might have saved his life. I'm not sure what his injuries were, I'm just guessing a HANS might have saved him. I'm really bummed right now, I still can't believe this. What a horrible start to the motorsports season.

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Old 02-18-2001, 04:11 PM   #2
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i am not a nascar fan, but i will watch and sorta autoracing on TV. This is a loss to the automotive and nascar world. To crash on the final turn, of the final lap of a 500mile race just TOTALY SUCKS
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Old 02-18-2001, 04:12 PM   #3
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NO WAY!!! I saw the race and that crash. I had a bad feeling when it took them so long to get him out of the car. Man that really hits hard. I dont know what else to say.

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Old 02-18-2001, 04:13 PM   #4
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hard to believe...
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Old 02-18-2001, 04:20 PM   #5
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Took me 7yrs to get over the death of Ayrton Senna da Silva and now this. Again I was not a huge NASCAR fan but Earnhardt was one of my favorite racers of all time in any type of racing.


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Old 02-18-2001, 04:30 PM   #6
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This is a very sad day.
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Old 02-18-2001, 04:40 PM   #7
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Wow. I'm not a big NASCAR fan, but I do know who the Intimidator is. This is going to be a huge loss for NASCAR. His son was just on "Turn Ben Stien On" a few nights ago, and he was talkng about the influence his father had on him. This is a sad day indeed.
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Old 02-18-2001, 04:48 PM   #8
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my thoughts go out to the Earnhardts i wish them the best

i already wrote a paragraph in the other topic..so this is all i will say...

love nascar or hate it, racing just lost one of it's most talented drivers he will be missed, and remembered.

for dale's memory i will post this in here tooo...
this is such a tragic loss. I have been an earnhardt fan since birth and against pretty boy since day 1 (gordon ) this is such a tradgedy. I would have thought after the main crash Although not tragic the drivers would have calmed down, but i guess not
Earnhardt will be remembered by nascar fans for not only his personality (i met him a few times, once at a race, once at a meet and greet i went to b/c my uncle is head of road america and i got to tag along, and once at the world of wheel 2 years ago.) he was a very very funny man, had everything in perspective and was just fun to be around sadly, his life was cut short, this after Rodney Orr was killed in practice for Daytona after Neil Bonnett was killed...also a friend of Mr. Earnhardt

Earnhardt was the leader among active Winston Cup drivers with 76 career victories who also has the most victories at Daytona International Speedway, that number of which was 34. He was a very skilled and talented driver, and i am at a loss for words :*(

You know how you meet someone a few times and you feel like youve known them a long time..well that is how i felt about dale. I met his son at the meet and greet, and those two together were a dangerous combination

anyhow..i am justin total shock right now

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Old 02-18-2001, 04:49 PM   #9
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I've never been a fan of NASCAR, but as a brave man and great driver, he always had my respect. This is a tragic day for motorsports.. We'll miss you, Dale..

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Old 02-18-2001, 04:50 PM   #10
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Oh wow, that is so horrible. I really liked Dale alot. I know alot of people didn't
like him, but he was one of my favorites.
I don't know what to say... I'm totally stunned...
I just saw an interview where he and Darrell Waltrip were kinda joking back and forth about the fact that he still wears an open face helmet. I hope that he didn't suffer.
This is such a sad day.
NASCAR needs to really look at what they are doing to the cars in order to make a better show. The fact that they want the cars so close to each other for the show of it all is also very dangerous.

Here is a quote from Jeff Gordon who was involved in a wrck earlier in the race:
"It was just a wall of cars in front of me and a lot of us didn't have anywhere to go," Jeff Gordon said. "It's going to happen with these kinds of rules, somebody can't make a mistake. The guys were putting on a heck of a show and doing a real good job, but that is going to happen if someone makes a mistake."
I hope NASCAR stands up and takes notice.

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Old 02-18-2001, 05:08 PM   #11
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I am still in shock. This is a great loss to the world racing comunity. Period! words cannot explain. It hurts right now. Hopefully something will come from this tragedy. My thoughts are to his family, they are the big losers here. sad.....
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:18 PM   #12
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I have already posted my comments regarding this incredible tragedy. Dale was a giant in the world of motorsports.

I only wish that this will help fuel Dale's great cause, the removal of restrictor plates in NASCAR. While the restrictor plate and the new aero package did not have anything to do with Dale's death it is, as Dale pointed out a number of times, causing a very dangerous situation. For those of you who did not watch the race, there was a pack of almost 30 cars all on the lead lap driving 2-3 across for almost 3/4 of the race. All it took to wipe out almost 20 of those cars was one car to get loose. It is just luck that nobody was killed in that mess.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Earnhardt family in this incredibly painful time.

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Old 02-18-2001, 05:24 PM   #13
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Crazy!?! I just watched that NASCAR today. I normally don't watch NASCAR, but saw part of the race today.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:31 PM   #14
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I was shocked to hear that Mr. Earnhardt died from what appeared to be almost a routine accident, if there is such a thing. And the earlier crash that took out 18 cars they were all fine, especially the driver that flipped upside down at tremendous speed. How deceiving things can be. Nothing in life is gauranteed. Daytona has been hailed as Dale's track. Every year I'd hear how he hoped to win the inaugaral 500. May he now rest in peace, it was a wild ride, and I hope that his son may continue the family's tradition of racing, however, if he chooses not to, there is a definite understanding as to his decision.

I hope we all feel better.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:48 PM   #15
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I cannot believe it.
I have been a racing fan for years, always expecting the Black 3 to be in the lineup.

The risks in racing are high, but you never really expect anything more than an hour in the care center. When someone dies it hits hard.

When its someone you've always thought of as invincible, there are no words.

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:08 PM   #16
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I am right there with you. Senna was my all time favorite I even met him in 87 in Detroit. I too am in shock. What can one say.
I live 1 mile from Forsythe Racing here in Indianapolis. I was crushed when Gregg Moore
was killed, now Dale Earnhart Sr.
I just saw him and Jr. race the Corvette in the 24 hrs of Daytona 2 weeks ago.
All my heart fealt sympothy goes out to the family and to the racing community. We have lost another legend.

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:35 PM   #17
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Godspeed and God bless Dale. Our thoughts are with you and your family. You will be missed.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:44 PM   #18
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Yeah, I kinda got a sick feeling in my gut when they didn't really show them working to get him out of the car. That's not usually a good sign. Also, when they asked Schrader what condition he was in, and he replied something like "I'm not a doctor, so I don't know about these things". That just seemed like an odd thing to say.

One thought that makes me kinda half-grin, is that I don't think Dale would've wanted it any other way. (Well, except that he would've won the damn race as well!).

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Old 02-18-2001, 08:19 PM   #19
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Our prayers are with the Earnhardt family and the nascar family as well.Its hard losing someone so great as Dale was.....just can't believe it.We have lost a man whom many people admired and influenced so many of us in so many ways. You will be missed greatly Dale.Nascar will never be the same again.
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Old 02-18-2001, 08:28 PM   #20
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i'm not much of a Nascar fun, but I'm pretty sure anyone that is interested in motorsports will know who Dale is to Nascar. i know everyone will miss dale.

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Old 02-18-2001, 10:02 PM   #21
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I missed the race, and just happened to flick on the TV set, when I heard about it. I was horrified, because the crash didn't really look all that bad, as NASCAR crashes go.

What an unbelevably sad day. Perhaps the only consolation, if there is any, as trite as it sounds, is that Dale died doing the thing he loved most in the world.

It's always terrible when you see something like that. I still have the Senna race on tape, and it still makes me cry. I remember Jeff Krosnoff, and Greg Moore. No matter how much we tell ourselves it's just a sport, it isn't. Something like this puts in all in perspective.

Apparently, Dale was asked about the HANS device, and he said he wouldn't wear it, thinking that it was uncomfortable. Just a very, very, sad day.

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Old 02-18-2001, 10:38 PM   #22
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He was going to win Daytona!!! Its too crazy to have identical cars in most ways and put them on a highway with no one else but themselves. But thats always been the way they raced. Simple but effective. Its a great form of endurance racing that you can finish on a Sunday afternoon. Dale Earnhardt was the best example at keeping a 3000 pound car in control at 180 miles an hour for lap after lap after lap. He was 18th and his son was first in Talladega last year. There was a crash, just like the first crash with the Home Depot car today, but Earnhardt pushed through all 17 cars that were 2 and sometimes 3 cars wide to take the win. It was the most aggressive form of driving I have ever seen without breaking the any rules in my book. I regret not knowing and following such a legend earlier. He was the first NASCAR racer that I know about to race in the GRAND AMERICAN Rolex Daytona. It just plain sucks to ****ing loose him, shiiiitttt!!!
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Old 02-19-2001, 12:04 AM   #23
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I am not a fan of the "drive fast-turn left" but was watching the last 30 min of the race. The accident looked so innocent. I assumed that he would be ok. I am bummed at the loss to the motor sports world.
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Old 02-19-2001, 04:32 AM   #24
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Tis a sad day in all motorsports...I watched the crash and I didn't think it was that bad...But they took him away an an ambulance, and the announcers said that he was being taken to the hospital but they didn't seem concerned. It kinda shook me up when I heard about it on the news that night. I was going to come onto the i-club to post it, but I was way too bummed.
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Old 02-19-2001, 06:31 AM   #25
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I've been a NASCAR fan for many years. My father was a really big fan of Dale, and I wondering how hard this has hit him. (I saw him last night, but he hadn't heard the news at that time). I just heard this morning that Dale was gone.

This is very sad and an extremely huge blow to not only NASCAR, but Motorsports as a whole. A great many people who didnt know NASCAR, knew who Dale Earnhardt was. A reputation like his will be greatly missed.

Godspeed Dale
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