Todd Bodine leads the pack past a Dale Earnhardt memorial at the beginning of the Sam's Town 300 Saturday. Bodine went on to win the NASCAR Busch series race.


Audio & Video:

10/23 - Dale Jr. talks about his team's fine, switching to the No.3, and more (Real Audio)

10/21 - Junior avoids the late wreck and wins his third race of the year 28/80k | 300k (Real Video)

Video of Earnhardt's crash







Shocked and in sorrow. These are the feelings of everyone associated with Dale Earnhardt .net, on the news of Dale's death. Unexpected. . . we feel crushed. Even the circumstances. . . last lap of the Daytona 500; it doesn't make sense to us. As it doesn't to Theresa and Dale Jr., Kerry, Kelley, Taylor & the Earnhardt family. But the Lord has chosen to take our friend Dale at the final turn of the last lap of this most intense race. He died doing what he loved best. Should we all be so lucky.


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"I guess the best thing we can do at this point is to dedicate this season to Dale Earnhardt." --Kevin Harvick


  2001 News Archive

10/21/01 - Dale Earnhardt: The best there is, was, and ever will be - When it came to driving a racecar, no one did it like Dale Earnhardt. Dale ruled over the NASCAR community for over 20 years, doing things that nobody else could.
10/15/01 - Earnhardt's absence will be felt at Talladega - The winningest driver on the most competitive track won't be at Talladega Speedway this weekend. But he is still the man people think of first when it comes to stock car racing.
9/29/01 - Childress intends to seek the retirement of No. 3 - Richard Childress Racing will unveil the 2002 paint scheme for the No. 29 Chevrolets driven by rookie Kevin Harvick, but there will be no change in the team's number. ~
9/1/01 - Hall of Fame inducts Earnhardt, France and other - Four men whose accomplishments have made their names synonymous with success in American motorsports were inducted into the Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame Saturday night. ~
8/29/01 - Childress rebuilding as life after Earnhardt continues - It took Richard Childress a long time to stop looking for a black No. 3 on the track. For him, races just didn't look the same without Dale Earnhardt. Six months after Earnhardt's death in an accident in the final turn of the Daytona 500, neither does Childress' company.
8/25/01 - No. 3 could return to racing next year - Dale Earnhardt's longtime car owner hinted Saturday the No. 3 could return to racing next year, but gave no indications as to which driver would run with it.
8/20/01 - NASCAR's Earnhardt report to be presented Tuesday in Atlanta - When the NASCAR brass stroll into the Hyatt Regency ballroom Tuesday, they'll come arm-in-arm with a handful of scientists and engineers, a beefy report and six months' worth of answers. ~
8/16/01 - Return of the No. 3? - Richard Childress Racing could be bringing back the No. 3 Chevrolet formerly driven and made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt.
8/15/01 - Earnhardt still in marketing fast lane - Dale Earnhardt died almost six months ago, but his moneymaking ability continues to live on. ~
Dale's team
8/15/01 - As I drove up to Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, home of the Kannapolis Intimidators, I fully expected to find something resembling Graceland with hubcaps and pine tar.

Instead, this quaint little field nestled into the tall pines 25 miles north of Charlotte has become something of a sanctuary. Full Story.
8/10/01 - To honor Earnhardt, Elliott takes name off driver ballot - Bill Elliott, a 15-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's Most Popular Driver Award, has removed his name from the 2001 award ballot in honor of Dale Earnhardt. ~
8/9/01 - The Earnhardt name retains its mystique - Six months after Dale Earnhardt's death in the Daytona 500, race fans still take every opportunity to pay their respects to the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion.
7/30/01 - Experiencing the Legacy - As the early morning sun makes it’s way above the horizon, you wearily open your sleep-dried eyes and look in it’s direction.  You stumble to your feet and get ready for the day.  As you are waking up, you feel your adrenaline start to flow.  Excitement fills your veins and starts pumping like motor oil.  It’s race day, and you’re an Earnhardt fan.
7/23/01 - Earnhardt considered driving force in the creation of Brickyard 400 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman Tony George considers Dale Earnhardt the driving force in the creation of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
7/18/01 - Dale Earnhardt: He was loved and hated, but mostly revered - If we had to lose Dale Earnhardt, then we should not have lost him in any other way or in any other place than on the race track. This is where he made us hate him. This is where he made us love him. This is where we knew him best.
7/13/01 - Earnhardt leads hall inductees - Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Jr., Glen Wood and A.J. Foyt will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame on Sept. 1 in Darlington, S.C.
7/10/01 - Various News -
7/1/01 - Shelmerdine: Racing with Dale unequaled - From 1984-1992, no driver and crew chief combination attained the success that the Intimidator and Kirk Shelmerdine enjoyed.
6/29/01 - Childress team braces for emotional return to Daytona - Richard Childress, owner of the Winston Cup team of the late Dale Earnhardt, released a statement Friday concerning the series' return next week to Daytona International Speedway. ~
6/27/01 - The day I will never forget - Thinking back, February 18, 2001 was a gorgeous day. Sunshine filled the sky, and as I entered the garage area at Daytona International Speedway I would swear I felt droplets of God's grace hit me in the face at every step. ~
6/13/01 - Earnhardt photos won't be released - Judge rules in favor of Teresa - A judge ruled Wednesday that Dale Earnhardt’s autopsy photos cannot be made public under a new state law that restricts access to such images.
6/11/01 - Autopsy photos subject of Daytona hearing - Attorneys seeking access to the autopsy photos of racing great Dale Earnhardt attacked a new Florida law Monday.
6/9/01 - Kerry Earnhardt wins ARCA race at MIS! - Kerry Earnhardt joined his late father Dale and his younger brother Dale Jr. as winners at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday by winning the Flagstar 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
6/7/01 - Petty's arguement off base - Among his musings on the Dale Earnhardt autopsy/safety/seat-belt saga, Petty took the opportunity to downplay the accomplishments of the driver considered by many to be the greatest ever.
6/5/01 - MIS to honor Earnhardt with fan messages - To honor late racing great Dale Earnhardt, Michigan International Speedway will have two large murals for race fans to sign and leave a message for the NASCAR legend’s family during this weekend’s races.
3/15/01 - Sides in Earnhardt photo debate gather - Dale Earnhardt's widow arrived for a meeting Thursday with Orlando Sentinel executives to try to work out her family's dispute with the newspaper. ~
3/15/01 - Rusty Wallace recalls a memory of Earnhardt - Rusty Wallace recalled earlier this week the raucous sense of humor of the late Dale Earnhardt. "I’ll tell you a damn good story," Wallace began.
3/11/01 - A Difference of Black and White - Kevin Harvick held off Jeff Gordon in a drag race out of the fourth corner on the final lap.
3/11/01 - Harvick scores emotional, historic victory over Gordon - It was only fitting that rookie Kevin Harvick won his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Sunday in the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway -- it being his third career race and all.
3/9/01 - Atlanta renames North Turn grandstand after Earnhardt - Atlanta Motor Speedway did its part to remember Earnhardt by renaming the North Turn Grandstand after the seven-time Winston Cup champion.
3/9/01 - Earnhardt honored at Talladega - The International Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum opened a new exhibit honoring the late Dale Earnhardt on Friday.
3/7/01 - Newspaper feels wrath of Earnhardt fans - The Orlando Sentinel's request for the autopsy photos of Dale Earnhardt has brought a torrent of angry calls and e-mail from race fans and prompted an effort by lawmakers to prevent the release of such pictures in future cases.
3/4/01 - Teresa Earnhardt turns to fans for support - The wife of racing legend Dale Earnhardt made an emotional plea to race fans Sunday, seeking help in her fight to stop the release of her husband's autopsy photos.
2/25/01 - I lost my favorite punch line - No matter where you live, you've no doubt been surprised at the extent of continuing coverage of Dale's passing.
2/24/01 - Drivers return to action with heavy hearts - Five minutes after the start of practice for Sunday's Dura Lube 400, Dale Earnhardt Jr. left the calm of his trailer and headed into the storm of the garage.
2/23/01 - The No. 3 won't be retired - However painful, the show must go on… at least according to NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing.
2/23/01 - An open letter to fans from Teresa Earnhardt - I can never fully express my immense gratitude for the overwhelming support we have received.
2/23/01 - Harvick to drive white No. 29 RCR Monte Carlo - Kevin Harvick will move into the Winston Cup Series and do double duty for RCR the rest of this season, Richard Childress announced Friday.
2/19/01 - Earnhardt's Stellar Career - Earnhardt transcended NASCAR racing and was as close to a household name among mainstream America as any driver in series history.
2/18/01 - Earnhardt's last race a selfless act - I walked past the driver's window of the No. 3 Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt waved, winked and flashed that unforgettable, mischievous, mustached smile.
2/18/01 - Earnhardt unselfish at the end - Those of us who knew Earnhardt off the track know how unselfish he really was.
2/18/01 - Stunned racing world reacts to loss - Quotes and reactions following the loss of Dale Earnhardt.
2/18/01 - Tragedy in Daytona: Earnhardt Dies in Crash - Seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt died Sunday in a violent accident during the final lap of the Daytona 500.
2/18/01 - Earnhardt dies instantly of head injuries - Dale Earnhardt, one of the greatest stars in auto racing history, died Sunday from injuries in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500.


DEI is racing forward in the Earnhardt tradition
12/13/01 - Darrell Waltrip christened it the "Garage Mahal." The sprawling complex near Mooresville, N.C., that began as the headquarters of Dale Earnhardt Inc. is now a monument to Earnhardt's vision and passion for auto racing. Full Story.



Season ends with Robby Gordon/RCR win
Robby Gordon captured his first career win with a victory in the New Hampshire 300 on Friday, passing Jeff Gordon on Lap 285 to take the lead for good.

"We started off the season on the lowest low. To come back and win a race with Robby on an oval here is a tremendous high, but nothing will ever fill the void that will always be there for us."

- Richard Childress, on the season that began for his team with the death of Dale Earnhardt at Daytona



Kevin Harvick pays tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt as he celebrates his Busch Series championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001

Earnhardt Jr. emerges on top after exciting Talladega finish!
10/21/01 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoided a spectacular multi-car crash on the final lap Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to win the EA Sports 500. The win -- his second restrictor-plate victory in a row -- netted Little E the $1 million No Bull 5 bonus.
Like father, like son at Talladega
Earnhardt Jr. wins as 'The Wreck' happens behind him
Eury penalized for roof violation

2001: A year to forget for Kerry Earnhardt
10/11/01 - As Kerry Earnhardt sped through Turn 3 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 4, four laps remained in the EasyCare 100 and the prospect of leading the field to the checkered flag was rapidly becoming reality. Sadly, that checkered flag never waved. Full Story.

Waltrip will be back with DEI for at least one more season
Childress The Man

Earnhardt Jr. maturing, gaining confidence
10/6/01 - He's the hip-hop good ol' boy, stock car racing's Fresh Prince driving onward in the tire marks of his father, its fallen king. Dale Earnhardt Jr. wears his baseball cap backward and is still young enough to consider "hanging out" an activity. If you believe Budweiser's billboards, he's so cool he can wear his fire suit to a beach party and attractive girls will still to talk to him. Full Story.

The rebuilding of RCR

10/3/01 - Richard Childress couldn't sleep. It was only hours since his best friend and Winston Cup driver Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap crash Feb. 18 at the Daytona 500. Instead of joining his team Sunday night on a flight back to RCR headquarters in Welcome, N.C., and his wiferemained in Daytona Beach, Fla., to assist Earnhardt's wife, Teresa, in making funeral arrangements. Full Story.

DEI: ‘Park will be in car at Daytona’

Childress unveils plans for 2002
9/30/01 - In a pre-race press conference from the Fan Walk inside Kansas Speedway, Richard Childress announced this morning the No. 29 of Kevin Harvick will carry some familiar colors for 2002.   The Monte Carlo unveiled combined the familiar black with a new gray scheme giving the car a touch of the old, with a dash of the new.  The announcement was greeted by applause from the fans in attendance. Full Story and Pictures.

The Son Also Rises
9/25/01 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. insists he’s just like everyone else. Sure, he’s the object of adoration by thousands of fans – inside and outside the NASCAR circles – but Junior says he’s no different than you and I.

“I go home and sit on the couch and watch the same news and the same sports they do,” Earnhardt Jr. said after winning the MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 on Sunday. Full Story.

"I'm just proud to be an American."

T O P    S T O R I E S :
Dale Jr. wins MBNA 400 at Dover!
9/23/01 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. was strong for 400 laps on the way to a convincing MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 victory.

Leading five times for a race-high 193 laps of the 400 lap event, Earnhardt earned his fourth career victory and first on Dover’s one-mile, high-banked concrete oval.

The win, Earnhardt Jr.'s second of 2001, moved him up a spot in the points standings to sixth. Full Story.

Earnhardt Jr. romps to Dover Downs triumph

NASCAR  teams are responding to attacks with paint schemes, pledges
9/20/01 (AP) - The NASCAR community is pledging its help to the victims of last week's terrorist attacks through a variety of paint schemes and charitable donations.

A combined 37 Winston Cup and Busch series drivers informed NASCAR on Wednesday of special patriotic paint schemes they will have on their cars this weekend at Dover Downs International Speedway.

The schemes will range from the Stars and Stripes on Michael Waltrip's car to an American flag on the decklid of Dale Earnhardt Jr's. All of Richard Childress' teams will place American flags on their uniforms, place a flag in their pit areas and either have the flag or the Red Cross logo on the hoods of the cars.

Michael Waltrip

In addition, 12 drivers have joined Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield's call to donate money for every lap they complete this weekend. The pledges range from $20 to $25 per lap. More.

Commentary: Out of tragedy comes truth
Earnhardt Jr. takes test run at new Kansas City track
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s approach is different, but seems to work
Drivers react to canceled race
Earnhardt copes with tragedy by staying busy
Harvick: Dirty or determined?

Dale Jr. learning value of consistency
9/9/01 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. figured he had a third-place car Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. That's precisely where he finished in the Monte Carlo 400, and that brand of wisdom has become the story of his second season in Winston Cup: The ability to drive intelligently, finish consistently and gain points without trying to drive harder than his car will allow. Full Story.



Remembering Dale Earnhardt
11/30 - Earnhardt honored at NASCAR Awards
11/14 - Opinion: My Take on Retiring the #3, by Marty Tyler
11/12 - NASCAR and No. 3
11/9 - Months later, Dale Earnhardt's death still sets the tone for season
11/6 - Earnhardt added to Atlanta's mystique
10/21 - Dale Earnhardt: The best there is, was, and ever will be
11/2 - Park’s win in February helped DEI lift veil of sorrow
10/26 - No. 3's Winston Cup future uncertain
9/20 - Earnhardt was cornerstone of Action's success

7/30 - Experiencing the Legacy
7/19 -
Earnhardt received death threat after 1987 Winston
7/10 -
Earnhardt honored by N.C. Legislature
7/4 -
Video: Drivers provide insights into the Intimidator
6/14 - To 3 or not to 3: Fans Speak Out
6/1 - Life slowly returns to normal at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet
5/30 - A friend of The Intimidator
5/28 - Earnhardt's death doesn't keep fans away
5/27 - The legend continues to grow
5/27 - Speedway joins in Earnhardt tributes
5/24 - Earnhardt's lessons not lost on Gordon
5/24 - Believers know legend looks on
5/24 - Dale Earnhardt tops power list
5/20 - Earnhardt's town misses his help
5/16 - Gone but not forgotten
5/21 - The Winston misses Earnhardt
5/19 - 1995-2000 / Earnhardt's Winston Paint Schemes

"Whoever comes out as the champion this year, that's going to be the second story. And it should be that way. We've lost our star. A lot of people deserve a lot of credit for where this sport is, but nobody deserves more than Dale Earnhardt. If I'm fortunate enough to be the champion in 2001, I don't mind taking a backseat to what was probably the most significant thing in many, many years." - Dale Jarrett (in a recent interview)

DEI / RCR News
11/29 - Fitz-Bradshaw pairing behind Kerry Earnhardt
11/26 - The Man of the Year (Childress)
11/19 - Earnhardt Jr. evolving into championship material
11/17 - Earnhardt Jr. changes his helmet style
11/16 - Wallace Signs Deal with DEI
11/16 - Gordon to keep job with No. 31
Video: Kevin Harvick reflects on 2001
11/14 - The Buzz: Nov. 14, 2001
11/13 - Harvick's success goes beyond the stats
11/9 - Harvick's all-out style draws comparisons, criticism
11/9 - Harvick accepts IROC invitation
11/8 - Junior's rules for a perfect party
11/7 - Rookie Harvick turns into champion
11/6 - Busch championship capped long year for Childress, Harvick
11/4 - Harvick, fifth at the Rock, wins Busch title

11/3 - Park's absence prompts speculation, but not on No. 1 team
11/2 - Robby Gordon looks like the guy for 31 ride
10/26 - Park to return to No. 1 by Daytona
10/25 - Earnhardt Jr. to drive No. 3 in two races
10/25 - Dale Jr. making name of his own
10/24 - Junior represents a new generation
10/24 - Harvick dazzles in double duty
10/16 - Michael Waltrip: Feeling comfortable
10/16 - Earnhardt Jr.: Winner
9/30 - Finding Its Way: DEI continues to grow, thrive
9/24 - Little E shows signs of growing up
9/20 - Steve Park's letter to fans
8/28 - We Can All Learn From Richard Childress

Riding with Junior
Robby Gordon falls prey to high-tech sabotage
8/20 - Skinner, RCR to end relationship
8/19 - Earnhardt Jr. opts for restraint device
8/18 - Skinner Definitely Will Leave No. 31
8/6 - Harvick's win was 99th for RCR
7/30 - Harvick is NASCAR's best story
7/27 - 'Little E' handles tough year
7/27 - Earnhardt Jr. still carrying a heavy load
Winston Teleconference: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7/17 - Earnhardt Jr. 3rd-quickest in Two-Day Brickyard Test
7/17 - Brickyard 400 Practice Session Audio Files
Harvick flying plenty, on and off track
7/10 - Earnhardt Jr. a latte day Intimidator
7/9 - Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. reacts to sceptics
7/9 - Dale Jr. dedicates emotional win to father
7/8 - Waltrip happy to give teammate push
7/4 - Michael Waltrip Day at Daytona
6/26 - Heir to the Intimidator?
6/24 - Filling Dale's shoes (Kevin Harvick)
6/24 - Childress remains silent on Skinner
6/22 - Park perseveres through tragedy
6/14 - Earnhardt Finds ARCA Success
6/8 - Hmiel to fill in as crew chief for Waltrip
6/3 - Tight schedule, bright ambition keep rookie Harvick racing around
5/28 - Remembering the days of old (by Dale Jr.)
5/24 - Minor league team part of Earnhardt's legacy
5/23 - Earnhardt Jr. subs for Nemechek
5/23 - Harris poll suggests fans keeping it in the family
5/22 - Earnhardt Jr. Coke 600 Preview

Daytona Aftermath / General NASCAR
11/1 - Crews contemplate end to a very long season
10/17 - NASCAR immediately mandates restraints

8/23 - Childress, Simpsons swap claims
8/22 - No surprises in report, Earnhardt Jr. says
8/21 NASCAR releases findings of Earnhardt crash probe
8/17 - 2001 the year NASCAR fans stand united?
8/10 - Sources: NASCAR's Earnhardt probe blames car design
8/9 - NASCAR's Earnhardt report nearly completed
8/5 - NASCAR's Earnhardt report is critical to orgainzation
7/7 - Earnhardt reminders everywhere - to the chagrin of drivers
7/6 - Families deal with NASCAR tragedies

Chronology: Six months of developments
The Earnhardt Report
Expert says cockpit should be safety focus
Labonte expects no surprises in report
8/23 Childress, Simpsons swap claims
8/22 - No surprises in report, Earnhardt Jr. says

8/17 - 2001 the year NASCAR fans stand united?
8/10 - Sources: NASCAR's Earnhardt probe blames car design
8/9 - NASCAR's Earnhardt report nearly completed
8/5 - NASCAR's Earnhardt report is critical to orgainzation
7/7 - Earnhardt reminders everywhere - to the chagrin of drivers
7/6 - Families deal with NASCAR tragedies
7/5 - Autoliv part of team investigating fatal Earnhardt crash

7/4 - NASCAR drivers face the inevitable
7/2 - NASCAR returns to Daytona with heavy heart
6/21 - Earnhardt's image alive and collectible
6/15 - Earnhardt's widow: Release of photos would be harmful
6/9 - Earnhardt Probe Continues - Seat Belt Photo Released
6/9 - Daytona Police say Earnhardt's lap belt torn
6/8 - The question of retiring the No. 3 won't go away
6/8 - NASCAR doctor never inspected Earnhardt helmet
6/8 - Earnhardt case: Privacy vs. public records
6/6 - King Richard takes one for the team
6/1 - Fight to curb fake Earnhardt goods a daunting task
6/1 - NASCAR goes ahead with re-enactment without Propst
5/30 - Opinion: A Modest Proposal
5/29 - NASCAR says "No" to Humpy Bumper
5/29 - Daytona's top cop defends his probe
5/28 - Wheeler's special bumper shot down by NASCAR brass
5/26 - NASCAR Ponders Seat, Restraint, Wall Changes
5/26 - Simpson goes on without getting meeting
5/23 - Teresa asks judge to view photos
5/24 - Orr family sues Uribe
5/19 - Earnhardt's death sparks difficult period for racing


D E I  /  R C R   U P D A T E S

Waltrip has up-and-down season_5/8/01
Michael Waltrip is a man of distinct loyalties. Since he doesn't forget the fans who have helped him during a successful, albeit frustrating, 16-year career as a NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Waltrip will be at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday for the conclusion of the track's opening weekend. Full Story.

Park recalls how 1998 accident affected his career_5/8/01
For most Winston Cup Series rookies, the first year is like a quantum physics course for a general mathematics major. Yeah, you're in the same realm, but it takes quite a while to get a grasp on what's going on around you. And, while most rookies undergo an exponential learning curve during that crucial first season, few learn as valuable a lesson as Steve Park did during his rookie year -- and Park's lesson didn't even come in the fury of competition. Full Story.

DEI employee misses boss
Fifty-something-year-old Bob Park has a lot to be grateful for. He’s a Modified driver, the proud father of Winston Cup driver Steve and has a great job with a solid company – Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Full Story.

This June Bug's for you
The recent resurgence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been a wonderful relief for every fan of Nascar. After the heartbreaking disaster in February and the loss of Dale Sr. who hasn't wondered if Junior would re-ignite the fire that saw him win two Busch Championships and contend with Matt Kenseth for rookie of the year. Full Story.

Shakeups continue on Waltrip's team
The No. 15 DEI Chevrolet team has changed several crew positions: Jackman, tire changers and carriers, but that has not seemed to help. The next change could take place all the way up to crew chief. Full Story.

A legend's legacy_5/4/01
Its inspirational and visionary leader is gone. But Dale Earnhardt Inc. is forging ahead to honor his memory by remaining a NASCAR success story. Full Story.

Kevin Harvick makes good first impression with Childress team
'Keepin’ it real' is Little E’s forte
Earnhardt Jr. a Little Eager

Foyt and Childress team up at Indy_5/3/01
A.J. Foyt has taken on a partner for this year's Indianapolis 500. NASCAR Winston Cup championship team owner Richard Childress is now the co-owner of the No. 41 Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora Indy car to be driven by Robby Gordon in this year's Indy 500. Full Story.


D A Y T O N A    A F T E R M A T H

Web site owner denied access to photos_5/8/01
An appeals court denied a Web site operator access to Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos. Michael Uribe, owner of a DeLand-based Web site, wanted to overturn a lower court's decision barring the release of photos taken of the racing great after his death at the Daytona 500 in February. Full Story.

NASCAR fires back at critics of its Earnhardt investigation

NASCAR president Mike Helton said Friday that "there is no question in our minds" that the seat belt in the car in which Dale Earnhardt was killed was separated in Earnhardt's crash in the Feb. 18 Daytona 500. Full Story.
Helton: NASCAR will wait for facts on Earnhardt case
Transcript of Helton's statement
Opinion: The cost of doing business
Simpson has no meeting, but firefighter does
'Seat belt-gate' becoming tangled web

Rescue worker offers her account of Earnhardt aftermath_5/2/01
For nearly three months, Patti Dobler, a 37-year-old single mother of two children, was the mystery rescue worker who crawled into Dale Earnhardt's mangled race car after a fatal last-lap crash Feb. 18 during the Daytona 500. And, according to NASCAR, Dobler was the person best positioned to tell if his seat belt broke. Full Story.

Earnhardt Jr. sides with NASCAR's seatbelt explanation
Earnhardt's Shadow
NASCAR continues with its stonewall approach to information on seat-belt controversy
NASCAR wants no limits to its rule
NASCAR seizes Ward Burton's helmet, head restraint
Earnhardt Jr. Richmond Race Preview
Earnhardt Jr. believes seat belt broke
Truth elusive in wake of Earnhardt's death
France keeps making PR mistakes
Earnhardt Jr. says his faith in NASCAR not shaken

What To Believe...
NASCAR can't be trusted to investigate Earnhardt crash
CUT BACK - NASCAR doesn't need such powerful engines

Media consultants a key part of Earnhardt investigation_5/7/01

Two weeks after her husband's fatal crash at the Daytona 500, Teresa Earnhardt already had a team of lawyers in place to protect the family business. What she needed were professional handlers, folks to field the flood of media inquiries and to ensure the family name didn't take a PR hit. Full Story.

Mediator taps Duke biomedical expert to review Earnhardt photos

Earnhardt family seeks calming of the waters


E A R N H A R D T   N E W S

NASCAR head loses top racer, top friend_5/12/01
The scene comes back to Mike Helton like a bad dream. He's standing in a waiting room at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona. It's Sunday evening, Feb. 18. He's praying for a miracle. Full Story.

Earnhardt a class act to Cheever

It was a Friday in February at Daytona International Speedway. Eddie Cheever, by his own repeated admission, made a mistake during the all-star International Race of Champions. Before a crowd of about 75,000 stock-car fans, Cheever's Pontiac Firebird moved down into the car driven by Dale Earnhardt, who slid to the grass and out of contention on the second-to-last lap of the 100-mile sprint. Boos and debris greeted Cheever as he walked down pit road. Full Story.

Earnhardt matriarch takes racing in stride_5/12/01
Article written Sept. 27, 1998
She threatened to leave her husband over it, attempted to talk her son into picking another career and then tried to put the brakes on her grandson's rise through the ranks. It's fair to say Martha Earnhardt was slow to embrace auto racing as her family's business. That doesn't mean, however, she's not proud of what the men in her life have accomplished on the track. Full Story.

Bass Pro Shops: Dale Earnhardt outdoorsman photo tribute


O N  T H E   T R A C K

Steve Park fourth in Richmond_5/5/01
The Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond is complete. Steve Park was the highest finishing DEI driver with his fourth-place finish. Race Report.

Dale Jr. and The Winston
The Winston consists of three segments. The first two are 30 laps with the final segment being a 10-lap shootout for the checkered flag. The field will be inverted between the first and second segments. The inversion will be between positions six and 12. Only green flag laps count in The Winston.

“I like that last 10 laps where the rules are a little more relaxed than what they normally are,” said LMS President H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler. “This is like a gunfight at the OK Corral and Charlotte is Tombstone. I picked Dale Jr. to win last year and his dad got all over me for doing that. He said, ‘Humpy, why’d you want to put that kind of pressure on my kid?’

“But I tell you what, Dale Jr. did a great job of getting up through the field and winning, and he’s going to be tough again this year.”

Unless Earnhardt Jr. wins this Saturday night at Richmond, the last time he will have visited victory lane will have been at last year’s Winston.

“I’ve been trying to win every race I can,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “In The Winston, all the drivers know in order to win that last 10-lap race, you’ve got to be around at the end and not get caught up in a wreck. When you get to that last 10 laps, that’s about as cutthroat a racing as I’ve ever been in. It’s a throw-you-to-the-wolves kind of race where a lot of the drivers will put themselves at risk more than they usually would.”

The 19 competitors eligible for this year’s Winston are: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, Rusty Wallace, Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Steve Park, Jerry Nadeau, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler, Bobby Hamilton, Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte.

The two additional entries will be filled by the winners of the Winston Open and the No Bull Sprint.



Earnhardt Jr. 7th in The Winston_5/20/01
Jeff Gordon won his third Winston all-star race, tying Dale Earnhardt for the record of most wins in the event. Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a strong charge in the final 10-lap segment, moving from the tail of the field to finish 7th.

Annual all-star event serves up the fireworks

When sparks flew in past Winstons, it was a safe bet that the No. 3 was nearby. More.

Earnhardt Jr. cherishes Winston win

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., it was a moment he'll never forget. He was in Victory Lane at Lowe's Motor Speedway, celebrating a victory in The Winston he'd earned with the kind of hammer-down performance that had made his family's name legendary. The crowd was chanting "Earnhardt! Earnhardt! Earnhardt!" - and they were cheering for him, not his father, seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. Full Story.

New: Earnhardt Jr. returns to site of greatest thrill
A look at previous Winstons

5/12 - Kyle Petty's tears still flow for Adam
5/12 - Adam Petty remembered


Rusty Wallace carried a Dale Earnhardt flag, who would have turned 50 on Sunday, on his victory lap at California Speedway.
Wallace earns first victory of 2001, remembers a friend
Lone Rider

California -- Driver Rundown:

Finish Driver Laps Run Laps Led Points Rank
3rd Dale Earnhardt Jr. 250 1 10 +2
15th Steve Park 250 0 8 -1
25th Kevin Harvick 250 2 13 -2
43rd Michael Waltrip 152 0 25 -5


Wallace and Earnhardt Jr. laugh during a news conference at Sears Point on Apr. 25. Fans salute Earnhardt on Lap 3. Dale Jr. heads down the front stretch in the Napa Auto Parts 500 at California. Wallace carries an Earnhardt flag after winning on Earnhardt's birthday.

No 50th for No. 3

By Jerry Bonkowski
Because we never had a chance to say goodbye while he was still alive, nor did he have the opportunity to thank his fans for more than 25 years of support, this season is turning out to be Earnhardt's "farewell tour" from Winston Cup racing. The only thing missing is Earnhardt himself. Full Story.

Junior's refuge

There was a time when Dale Earnhardt Jr. thought about giving up. It was just no use to try to fool himself that he would be able to carry on. Not after this. Full Story.

California Speedway announces Earnhardt tribute

An image of the late Dale Earnhardt will be added to the California Speedway Wall of Fame as part of ceremonies honoring the seven-time Winston Cup champion at the NAPA 500 on Sunday. Full Story.

Dark Lining
Staying on track hasn't been easy for Team Earnhardt

Talladega run went without a caution_4/25/01
Dale Earnhardt is gone, and he has been replaced by Miss Manners. The death of Earnhardt in February at the Daytona 500 left the rest of the drivers on the Winston Cup circuit shaking in their HANS devices as they contemplated Sunday's return to Talladega Superspeedway. Full Story.

The Earnhardt Factor

Countless thousands of words have been written since the death and the racing world's loss of unquestionably the greatest driver in modern NASCAR history. But not all consideration has been taken in the Earnhardt Factor. The Earnhardt Factor is many things that has had both a positive and negative impact on the sport of NASCAR. Full Story.

Dale Jr. gets a top-10 in Talladega

Using the outside lane, Dale Jr. was able to draft from the middle of the pack into the top-10 during the final laps of today's Talladega 500. Kevin Harvick ran well all day and picked up another solid finish in his rookie season. Michael Waltrip ran well until a slow stop during final pit stops put him at the back of the field. Steve Park got a flat left-front tire early in the race and lost a lap that, with a caution-free race, he could never make up.
Little E makes big leap in points battle
Meetings, cautious driving make for safe race

Finish Driver Laps Run Laps Led Points Rank
8th Dale Earnhardt Jr. 188 33 12
12th Kevin Harvick 188 0 11
29th Michael Waltrip 188 1 20
31st Steve Park 187 0 7

Recent News:
Tough Talladega race goes on without Earnhardt
Most at Talladega to wear head restraints
Earnhardt missed at Talladega
'The Intimidator' left his mark on rivals, proteges
Fallen stars loom over Talladega race
Harvick touts team, disdains drafting `deals'
How can there be a Talladega without Earnhardt?
Bonnett headlines Motorsports Hall inductees
Earnhardt Jr. looking forward to Talladega
Park has big dreams for Talladega
Earnhardt Remembered for Record He Never Achieved

Waltrip joined fans at tribute

Two months later, Darrell Waltrip still chokes up when he recalls the jolting final moments of the Daytona 500. Full Story.

Bonnett remembered as tough, enthusiastic
Private detectives will be on watch for counterfeit souvenirs
Simpson responds angrily, defends belts


Earnhardt's face burned in 20-car pile-up

The 1998 DieHard 500 started off quite smoothly. There were only two cautions, both of them due to debris on the track. Then, on lap 141, all hell broke loose. A monstrous 20-car crash started in the tri-oval, eliminating several victory contenders, including Dale Earnhardt and Bill Elliott. 1998 Race Report.
Photos from '98 DieHard 500

Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. ET on Mtv:
True Life: I Drive Race Cars (30 min.)
An episode profiling NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Shawna Robinson and Casey Atwood.

Earnhardt was a man among boys
"... [L]ast October I was part of the broadcast team for ESPN's coverage of the Winston 500 from Talladega Superspeedway. Bob Jenkins was off chasing the open-wheel racers of the Indy Racing League, so Dr. Jerry Punch moved up to the play-by-play position in the booth. I joined John Kernan and Bill Weber on pit road. We had this configuration on many broadcasts through the year, but that show was extra special. The reason: Dale Earnhardt." Full Story.

Tragedy's aftermath has many laps left to run

Dale Earnhardt would have been the big story this week. He would be returning to Talladega Superspeedway, where he rallied from 18th to win October's Winston 500. Full Story.

Roush, Waltrip, others advocate changes for Talladega
Waltrip not afraid to criticize NASCAR's lack of safety concern
Fan turns video over to seat belt maker
Dale Earnhardt and Nigel Mansell story

Bush meets Earnhardts while visiting Charlotte

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is well known for his nocturnal nature -- up all night, sleep all day. But when the most powerful man in the world requests a meeting with you in the morning, you make darn sure you're prompt. That was the case Wednesday, when President George W. Bush flew into Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Full Story.
Earnhardts tour Air Force One

Bill Simpson says crash report 'exonerates' company, lap belts
Harvick, like Jarrett, opens up some ground

Waltrip ready for another victory
The way Michael Waltrip views it, Talladega Superspeedway’s Talladega 500 is the next chance for the DEI No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet to visit Victory Lane. Do the math and it’s simple: it’s the next NASCAR Winston Cup Series event, he’s the reigning Daytona 500 champion and Talladega just happens to be a track where he feels comfortable and competitive. Full Story.

Expert: Seat belt not a factor in Earnhardt's death_4/10/01
Seat-belt failure did not cause the head injuries that killed NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt during February's Daytona 500, a court-appointed medical expert who studied the racer's autopsy photos reported Monday.
Full Story with other notes
NASCAR's response to the report
Text of medical examiner's report
Illustration of medical examiner's report
Expert spent years earning his status
NASCAR probe to last through summer

Expert: Earnhardt Died of Head Whip
Skinner Wanted Harvick's Ride

IROC won't fill Earnhardt's entry
Dale Earnhardt's entry will not be filled in the remaining three International Race of Champions events this season. More.

Teresa Earnhardt: 'We just want it to end'

Kevin Harvick caught up in a wreck
RCR / DEI Martinsville Rundown:

Finish Driver Laps Run Points Rank
11th Dale Earnhardt Jr. 500 19
19th Steve Park 499 5
24th Michael Waltrip 497 20
32nd Mike Skinner 488 27
34th Kevin Harvick 454 12


Earnhardt put teams on road to success
Dale Earnhardt at Martinsville
Dale Jr. Comments on Martinsville
Kevin Harvick Martinsville Pre-Race Notes

"He was invincible to me"
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his father’s death has left a void
Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost his father, hero and boss in the deadly one-car crash at the Daytona 500. The tragic death of Dale Earnhardt has left a void that racing has been unable to replace, Earnhardt Jr. told Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today.” Full Story.

Earnhardt Jr. acknowledges the changes

It looked like the same Dale Earnhardt Jr. He had his baseball cap on backward. He showed he still knew how to sling a race car around Texas Motor Speedway. Full Story.

Living Legacy

One-on-one with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In his first exclusive network television interview since the tragic final-lap crash of his father a month ago at the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. sat down with NASCAR on FOX lead analyst Darrell Waltrip this week to discuss the impact of his father's death and the tough process of moving forward. More.

Earnhardt Jr. passes on HANS device

Statement by Teresa Earnhardt

"I am pleased and grateful for what has happened here in Tallahassee today." Statement.

Opinion: Don't retire the No. 3 -- let it return to glory
Memories of Dale
- His friends at Realtree share their favorite stories about another side of Dale Earnhardt - his love and passion for the outdoors.

Life with Dale Earnhardt
An article written by Kelly Earnhardt about her dad. Originally published September 1990 in "Racing for Kids" magazine.
Growing up as the daughter of three-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt probably seems like the ideal life for most kids. I'll admit that I live an exciting life, but it is not all fun and games. Full Story.

Earnhardt autopsy report leaves questions
Speculation surely will persist on whether a head-and-neck restraint device could have saved Dale Earnhardt's life, but it's now apparent that the NASCAR great died from a basilar skull fracture during a crash on the final lap at last month's Daytona 500. Full Story.

Childress has plans for No. 3
Gabrielle Stevenson
No. 3 treasured
Childress said he has plans for all the black No. 3 cars that were driven by Earnhardt. For now, the No. 3 will not be on the track any time soon.

"We want to build an image around Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 car and we will discuss the future of the No. 3 car this winter," Childress said. "We have all of the No. 3 cars. I have some ideas that I will share with NASCAR, but I want to discuss them with (Dale Earnhardt's wife) Teresa Earnhardt first and then decide what direction we want to go in."

Unveiling No. 30
The Childress Racing team is going to release the paint scheme and driver of the No. 30 America Online car this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"We are going to run seven races with the AOL car," Childress said. "We're still trying to get the test schedule to make sure the driver can get really comfortable.

"We are really excited about this. It's a great program for RCR to put together. Dale Earnhardt and I had discussed making this a three-car team for a long time."

Harvick doing double duty on track

Dale Jr. Diary: Memories of Dad
"It's time again for my monthly column. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite memories I have of my father. Since his death, these are the memories that help me through the hard times." More.

For RCR, Harvick is right on time_3/22/01
It’s entirely possible that Richard Childress could have found a more suitable replacement for the late Dale Earnhardt. For sure he could have found someone more seasoned than Kevin Harvick, someone who came with a bit more weight than this kid. The least Childress could have done was name someone who needs to shave. Full Story.

Harvick diary: Calm after the storm_3/20/01
I have just returned home from Darlington after notching an eighth-place finish in Saturday's Busch Series race and a 14th-place finish in Sunday's Winston Cup Series race. This feels like the first time in weeks that I have been able to sit down and start to reflect on what has happened recently in my life. More.

The Bristol Stomp - On April 12, 1987 Dale Earnhardt had one of those races that helped earn him the nickname "The Intimidator"
Earnhardt Jr. discusses father's death
Harvick accelerating healing process for Childress
SUBDUED: Hamlin making frayed ends meet as Harvick's crew chief
Chat Transcript: Richard Childress

RemeEarnhardt, 1995mbering Dale Earnhardt
March 16, 2001
The death of Dale Earnhardt on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 moved America like no other athlete's death ever has. Earnhardt was an original, a one-of-a-kind guy who captured the hearts of American stock car racing fans and the general public as well. With a twinkle in his eye and a devilish grin on his face, Earnhardt shoved and pushed his way to the front. With unparalleled determination, he willed his race cars to victory. He was loved not so much for the number of checkered flags and championships he won but for the spectacular style with which he won them. Article.


Agreement reached on autopsy photos_3/16/01
A court-appointed expert will review photos and videotape of Winston Cup driver Dale Earnhardt's autopsy before that material is permanently sealed under an agreement reached Friday between representatives of Earnhardt's family and a Florida newspaper. Full Story.

After Earnhardt, who steps up
in the eyes of fans, competitors?
He walked with the swagger of a gunslinger, drove tracks like he owned them and dared anybody to disprove it. He attracted fans - and detractors - by the millions. Full Story.

Childress picks Jeff Green for 3rd team



Fla. Senate approves Earnhardt photo bill
(March 14, 2001)
A Florida Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would require a judge's permission to release autopsy photos, a measure sought by Dale Earnhardt's widow in her effort to keep a newspaper from seeing pictures of the late NASCAR driver.

The bill still needs approval from another committee before it can come to the full Senate for a vote. A House companion bill hasn't had a hearing yet. Supporters of the bill rebuffed attempts to lessen the penalty for violators from a felony to a misdemeanor. Full Story.


Schrader recalls Earnhardt crash at Daytona
(March 14, 2001)
Ken Schrader will never forget the tragic day of being the first person to poke his head into the No. 3 car to check on friend Dale Earnhardt. Full Story.



Hamlin to help out Harvick_3/9/01
By JIM UTTER Thatsracin Writer
HamlinKevin Hamlin, crew chief for the Winston Cup team of the late Dale Earnhardt, will serve as race-day crew chief for Kevin Harvick during Harvick's Grand National series races this weekend at Atlanta and next weekend at Darlington.

Harvick's crew chief in the Grand National series, Todd Berrier, was suspended for two races by NASCAR for an oversized fuel cell found in Harvick's No. 2 Chevrolet last weekend at Las Vegas. Greg Burkhart, who works in engine shop for Harvick's team, and car chief Darin Nestlerode will work on car setup.

Harvick took over driving duties for Earnhardt's Winston Cup team two weeks ago at Rockingham, and worked with Hamlin last season during some test sessions with Earnhardt's team.

Curb will always treasure car from Earnhardt’s early days
Burton says safety information comes from varying sources
Stevie Waltrip said goodbye to Earnhardt with a Bible verse
Donations to honor Earnhardt flooding in
Victory lap was Park's toughest
Moments from Dale Earnhardt's last interview with Godwin Kelly


Park, Harvick finish 7th & 8th
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. driver Steve Park finished 7th Sunday at Las Vegas, while RCR rookie Kevin Harvick came home an impressive eighth in just his second Winston Cup race. Michael Waltrip finished 13th. Dale Jr. was having a good run until a late pit road penalty (the catchcan was left on the car following a pit stop) set him a lap down. He finished 23rd.

DEI still in good hands
For the most part, Dale Earnhardt was an absentee owner. Sure, he kept his finger on the pulse of Dale Earnhardt Inc. and, had he lived, he almost certainly would have become more directly involved once he retired as an active driver. Full Story.

Steve Park wins at 'The Rock'
Park: 'This one [is] for Dale'
Driver Steve Park is tossed onto his car by pit crew members after winning the Dura-Lube 400.Steve Park, 33, took the lead from Jeff Gordon on the 339th of 393 laps during Sunday’s Dura Lube 400 then held off a furious charge from reigning Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte over the final four laps to earn the second victory of his Winston Cup career.

“It’s so great to win this one for Dale,” Park said. “(DEI is) two for two, and we’re goin’ for three at Vegas.” Full Story.

Earnhardt will never be replaced
They loved him because he was one of them. He came from humble beginnings, raced hard, played hard, never wavered from who he really was. Full Story.



`We've got a job to do,' Childress says
Richard Childress, Earnhardt's car owner, said Sunday that his operation was trying to stay strong in light of last weekend's tragedy.

"Dale would kick my butt if he knew we were weak now," Childress said. "He was a special person and a special friend, but we've got a job to do today."

Jimmy Buffett pays tribute to Dale

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 20)- - During his sold out concert at the Charlotte Coliseum on Tuesday evening, 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 # 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."  From Jeff Gordon's site.

NASCAR officials say Earnhardt's lap belt failed
It won't do much to comfort NASCAR fans over his loss, but there is at least a preliminary answer to the question of why Dale Earnhardt won't be firing up his No. 3 car Sunday afternoon in Rockingham. When Earnhardt died in a final-lap crash in last weekend's Daytona 500, his most serious injuries, those to his chest and head, were most likely the result of equipment failure, NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday. Full Story.

Earnhardt mourned at memorial service
Hundreds of friends, fans and loved ones shared treasured memories of auto racing legend Dale Earnhardt at a memorial service Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Full Story.



Dale Earnhardt Slideshow
End of an era
D. Waltrip understood the nature of Earnhardt's crash
Dale Earnhardt's last day - chronicle of last day


Live TV coverage of Dale Earnhardt memorial service
The memorial service honoring NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt will be telecast live on FOX Sports Net, Thursday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. The private service from Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. will be held from 12-12:30 p.m. ET. There will be no commercial interruptions.

During the two-hour telecast, FSN provides a retrospective of the life of one of the sports' greatest drivers. NASCAR on FOX race announcers Mike Joy and Ken Squier host the program. More.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to race on Sunday
While mourning the death of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has decided to race in Sunday's NASCAR Dura-Lube 400.

A spokeswoman for Dale Earnhardt Inc. confirmed Tuesday that Dale Jr. has not changed his plans to race this Sunday at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.

Goodbye to the Man in Black
Dale Earnhardt was buried in his hometown Wednesday in a private service, even as his team prepared to return his car to the track. Full Story.


Dale Earnhardt: Through the eyes of his son
I know a man whose hands are so callused that gloves aren't necessary. Once, while cutting down a tree, he cut the back of his hand to the bone with a chainsaw. He didn't even stop to look until the job was done. Article.




Hundreds of racing fans gather for a candlelight vigil on Monday, Feb. 19, 2001 in front of the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. to honor the memory of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.Earnhardt fans pay their respects
The effect of Dale Earnhardt's death in Sunday's Daytona 500 is beginning to have a visible presence. Thousands of fans have stopped outside the race shop he owns--Dale Earnhardt Inc.--since Sunday evening to pay their respects to the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion. More.


Waltrip loses a close friend to 'hard racing'
A day after his boss, Dale Earnhardt, was killed in a final-lap crash at the Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip went out of his way to stress it was just hard racing. Full Story.


Childress and Earnhardt: nearly 20 great years of friendship and success!
Statement from Richard Childress, President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing Enterprises, Inc.

Words cannot express the tremendous loss all of us at Richard Childress Racing are feeling at this time. All of our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies are with Martha, Teresa, Kerry, Kelley, Dale Jr., Taylor Nicole, and the entire Earnhardt family.

Dale Earnhardt was much more than a race car driver. He was a very loving husband and a proud father and grandfather. He was a successful businessman. He was also a hero to millions of racing fans throughout the world.

Dale was my friend. We hunted and raced together. We laughed and cried together. We were able to work side-by-side and have the success we had for almost 20 years because we were friends first.

I will miss him always. He was the greatest.

In lieu of flowers, it has been requested that donations be made to:
Foundation for the Carolinas
P.O. Box 34769
Charlotte, N.C. 28234-4769
(704) 376-9541

Donations must be made "in the honor of Dale Earnhardt"




“Kevin and Richard have worked very hard getting things ready for this year. We are ready to go out and race for a championship. Anytime you get beat, you work harder not to get beat again. We want to win another championship…I didn’t know it until I had an MRI three or four years ago, but I had a piece of iron in my head. It didn’t bother me until recently and it was kind of like a knot on my head, so a week ago Friday, we had it removed.” - Dale Earnhardt during UAW-GM Media Tour, 1/10/01

Fresh Paint: 2001 paint schemes

Earnhardt's 2001 Oreo Paint Scheme (will be raced in the Budweiser Shootout)

Michael Waltrip's 2001 No. 15 DEI Chevy

News Links:


2001 News Archive

2/16/01 - Earnhardt sent into infield grass, Jarrett scores IROC win - There was something for everyone in the IROC series opener Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
2/14/01 - Here's betting on Earnhardt's 8th title - The year 2001 will be a season of milestones for Dale Earnhardt.
2/14/01 - Earnhardt poised for second Daytona 500 win - Earnhardt's lack of criticism about his car speaks volumes about its performance.
2/13/01 - True Value IROC pit notes - Foggy conditions were looking better and the call went out to get the drivers ready. Dale Earnhardt, Kenny Brack, and Ricky Rudd strapped in their Pontiac Firebird Trans AMs... Word came in from NASCAR race control that the fog worsened and the session was put back on hold. Earnhardt started getting antsy and the radio banter began.
2/12/01 - Daytona's back, says Earnhardt - Dale Earnhardt has for the last few years panned racing at Daytona International Speedway. Now, he's offering a very favorable review.
2/11/01 - Earnhardt aims to be at his intimidating best in '01 - The man who plays Daytona's psyche game better than anyone is Dale Earnhardt, who warns that this year's championship may not be only for the young and eager.
2/10/01 - Inspections a regular part of Daytona 500 - It's an annual ritual at the Daytona 500 -- NASCAR inspectors forcing Dale Earnhardt's crew to cut up the Chevrolet and make changes before passing it through technical inspection.
2/4/01 - Record eighth title likely for Earnhardt - There are plenty of reasons why Dale Earnhardt will claim his elusive, Richard Petty-passing, record-setting eighth Winston Cup championship this season.
1/31/01 - Q&A with Dale Earnhardt - Bobby Labonte and his team have raised the bar, Dale Earnhardt says, and the seven-time champion is as determined as ever to clear it.
1/30/01 - Q&A with Winston Cup driver Michael Waltrip - Michael Waltrip is interviewed about his new ride with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
1/24/01 - GM teams take aim for 2001 - RCR, DEI and other GM teams are ready for the start of the 2001 season.
1/21/01 - Area race fans flock to 'The Intimidator' - When Dale Earnhardt entered the main hall at the I-24 Expo Center Friday night, the walls vibrated from thundering cheers.
1/19/01 - Younger Waltrip ready to drive to victory lane - As Darrell Waltrip heads to the broadcast booth promising candor and a tell-it-like-it-is approach, nobody gets a free pass -- not even his brother, Michael.
1/9/01 - Michael Waltrip knows what his boss expects - Michael Waltrip's new boss is Dale Earnhardt. Waltrip and Earnhardt have been friends for a long time, so Waltrip knew what he was getting into.
1/7/01 - One Dale a no-show, other plays a psychic - A refreshing breeze of candor swept through the bowels of Joel Coliseum on Saturday. Intertwined with predictable expressions of cautious optimism that precede any racing season, there were several moments of actual frankness during the interview portions of the T. Wayne Robertson Winston Cup Preview.
1/6/01 - Rolex 24: Chevrolet News Conference notes - Chevrolet Corvette drivers visited with the media in the Benny Kahn Media Center during Friday's lunch break at Rolex 24 At Daytona testing.
1/5/01 - 2nd in Points: Dale Earnhardt - With the official retirement of Darrell Waltrip, and Dave Marcis stating he plans to cut back on some of the races he drives in 2001, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt will be the oldest driver. Of course, don't tell Earnhardt that he's 'over the hill.'
1/5/01 - IROC adds Earnhardt, Labonte and Jarrett - Three Winston Cup champions, including 2000 IROC Champion Dale Earnhardt, have been added to the 2001 International Race of Champions competition.
1/4/01 - Earnhardt ready to try 'business' route for 24 hours at Daytona - Dale Earnhardt returns to the track in the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus car for the first time in 2001, but it's not the famous black number three. He's testing his No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Corvette in preparation for the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona.
1/3/01 - DEI puts it all together - Two of the key changes that have propelled the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team towards the top have been the addition of Paul Andrews and Steve Hmiel, both veteran Winston Cup crew chiefs who found a home at DEI after being fired from the teams of Jeremy Mayfield and Mark Martin.


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