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Old 02-18-2001, 05:01 PM   #1
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Seems Dale Earnhardt Sr. died during the Daytona 500 today. And i thought rally was dangerous, seems like a dozen or so people have died in NASCAR alone... weird.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:04 PM   #2
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Man that is super tragic....

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Old 02-18-2001, 05:04 PM   #3
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i dont think hes dead..otherwise it would be all over the news
he did crash though (according to yahoo news)
and according to cnn.com he was hospitalized..

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Old 02-18-2001, 05:07 PM   #4
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Yeah, he is dead. It's pretty sad. I just posted the same thing in the OT forum. Ooops.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:07 PM   #5
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Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a wreck at the Daytona 500.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:10 PM   #6
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Even though I don't really like NASCAR.. He's a racer and it's sad to hear when one dies.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:11 PM   #7
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Sad to say, but it's true. Go to:
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:12 PM   #8
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It puts everything into perspective, doesn't it? One minute you're here, then you're gone. I was even watching the race early this morning (Sydney time).
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:18 PM   #9

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Watched the video on the above site... man it didn't look like that hard of an impact.

"...one of the ambulances that responded, said, 'My speculation would be head injuries, basically to the base of the skull.' "
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:22 PM   #10
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7 time NASCAR champion, and NASCAR Legend, totaly sucks the big one I saw the race and the crash, it didnt "look" bad but you have remeber he hit the wall head on at 160+ MPH then got hit in the side by another car going 160+, and to think Tony Stewart rolled his car like 10 times in the same race and survived. What a tradgic loss, dont know what else to say

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Old 02-18-2001, 05:40 PM   #11
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Man, that's terrible. The crash doesn't even look that bad either... but I guess his head must've absorbed a lot of the force.

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Old 02-18-2001, 05:40 PM   #12
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That's really sad. He was a great racer. His debut at the 24hrs was proof of that.
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:45 PM   #13
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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, 06:00 PM   #14
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, 49, was fatally injured Sunday in a multi-car accident on the final lap of the 43rd Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

The announcement was made at 7 p.m. ET by NASCAR President Mike Helton.

"NASCAR has lost its greatest driver," said NASCAR Chairman of the Board Bill France, who himself is recovering from life threatening illnesses, "and I personally have lost a great friend."

His wife Teresa was at his side at the time of death. Dr. Steve Bohannon, emergency trauma surgeon who was on one of the ambulances that responded, said, "My speculation would be head injuries, basically to the base of the skull."

Earnhardt, who won the 1998 Daytona 500, was unconscious when he was cut from his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet after the accident between Turns 3 and 4 of the 2.5-mile speedway as a tangled pack of cars raced to the checkered flag. He was immediately transported to Halifax, less than one-mile from the speedway.

Earnhardt was pronounced dead while his driver, Michael Waltrip, was being interviewed in the Daytona press box after his first career victory in 463 starts.

In the accident, Ken Schrader's No. 36 Pontiac was pinned against the outside wall by Earnhardt's out-of-control No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, which came from a lower lane on the 31-degree banked turn.

"I don't know what happened -- all of a sudden we were all crashing," said Schrader, who was unhurt in the accident. "I guess someone got into Dale because Dale got into me and then we went up. We hit pretty hard and Dale hit harder."

Schrader tried to visit Earnhardt's car after the accident ended, but quickly left the area.

"I didn't get to talk to Dale," Schrader said of his escape. "I went over there and then they (safety workers) got there real quick, so I got the hell out of the way. I'm fine. I'm fine -- I'm just thinking about Dale and those guys."

"The only reason why I won this race was Dale Earnhardt," said Waltrip, who was unaware of the news while he was being interviewed. "I wondered why he wasn't in Victory Lane until I found out he was hurt."

Earnhardt was the career victories leader at Daytona. His 34th career victory here came in the 2000 opening round of the True Value International Race of Champions.

Dale Earnhardt won 76 NASCAR Winston Cup races.

Tony Stewart, who was injured in a separate accident, was also transported directly to Halifax Sunday afternoon. Stewart was injured when his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac was one of no less than 19 cars that were involved in an accident on the 2.5-mile trioval's backstretch. The race was red-flagged at that point with 25 laps remaining.

Stewart was listed as "alert and conscious" when transported. A CT scan of his head and neck and a x-ray of his left shoulder were negative, a speedway statement revealed at 6 p.m. ET. He suffered a concussion in the accident, in which his car flipped several times and was ultimately struck -- in the bottom while flipping -- by his teammate Bobby Labonte.

Earnhardt's son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 26, who finished second to Waltrip in the race, immediately left the speedway following the race to join his father.

nick..if you wish to remove this article please do so..but is pretty much sums up how i feel and how the rest of the nascar community feels to..this was lifted off Nascar.com

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:04 PM   #15
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This is really tragic. I saw the accident and had to leave the house only to find out what happened when I got home. Dale was a true champion who was still on top of his game. The motorsport world lost a real giant today.

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:06 PM   #16
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Man I can't believe it! I was watching the race on ABC and Micheal Waltrip was doing color and it was so emotional because his brother was going to get his first win ever at Daytona and I saw the wreck. It didn't even look that bad as compared to others that we've seen. Now they say that when the 1st pmeds got there he wasn't breathing. jeez this kind of thing really bums me out.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:17 PM   #17
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God speed Intimidator, you will be missed dearly.

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:27 PM   #18
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:27 PM   #19
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Not much of a nascar fan but still he passed away after winning the Rolex 24 hours that was awesome. I like to see good drivers crossover like that and than this happens. At least we can all wish we go out while doing something we enjoy. Now his son will carry on his legacy.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:34 PM   #20
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He was my favorite racer!!!

Now i dont have any reason to watch nascar anymore.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:38 PM   #21
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Not a big Nascar fan either, but he was a great personality, and his loss is truly tragic and untimely. Dale Earnhardt, may you rest in peace.

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:40 PM   #22
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I don't know which day shocked me more, the day that Davey Allison died or this one. Not a big Earnhardt fan but he was the best in Nascar, Period.

My prayers are with his family and his teams.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:48 PM   #23
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Man, its just starting to hit me now. I really can't believe it.

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Old 02-18-2001, 06:56 PM   #24
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Good job on that report 98ImpreziveRS. Well let me just tell you guys that to see it in person made it all the more trajic. Fans won't leave the racetrack. The mood around town is definitely not a good one. I almost got the chance to meet him when I was in high school but could'nt get close enough because of the crowd around him. "The Intimidator" commanded a lot of respect and it showed. I never really was a NASCAR fan, but Dale added a lot of character to the sport; no mamby pamby racing from him. Always trying to win. I can't imagine what the track will look like tomorrow. I'm sure there will be some kind of memorial or something. Maybe I can get a picture and post it. Terrible, terrible thing. He will be sorely missed by many. A true legend lost. May he race on on that big track in the sky.
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Old 02-18-2001, 07:13 PM   #25
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I'm not at all a fan of NASCAR, but I know that #3 is the greatest American driver of all time.

He will be remembered and missed

RIP Dale, 1951-2001

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