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"I guess the best
thing we can do at this point is to dedicate this season to Dale Earnhardt." --Kevin
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
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
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
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
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. ~
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 its way above the
horizon, you wearily open your sleep-dried eyes and look in its 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. Its race day, and youre 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 Earnhardts 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 legends family during this weekends 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. "Ill
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
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.
Earnhardt Jr. emerges on top after exciting Talladega finish!
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.
father, like son at Talladega
wins as 'The Wreck' happens behind him
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.
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.
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
The Son Also Rises
9/25/01 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. insists
hes just like everyone else. Sure, hes the object of adoration by thousands of
fans inside and outside the NASCAR circles but Junior says hes 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
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 Dovers 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
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.
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.
Out of tragedy comes truth
Earnhardt Jr. takes test run at new Kansas City track
Jr.'s approach is different, but seems to work
react to canceled race
Earnhardt copes with tragedy by staying busy
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 - Parks
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
5/21 - The Winston
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
Kevin Harvick reflects on 2001
11/14 - The Buzz: Nov. 14, 2001
11/13 - Harvick's success goes beyond the stats
11/12 - EARNHARDT STRUT IS DIAMOND CUT
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.:
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
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
7/27 - 'Little E' handles tough year
7/27 - Earnhardt Jr. still carrying
a heavy load
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7/17 - Earnhardt Jr.
3rd-quickest in Two-Day Brickyard Test
7/17 - Brickyard 400 Practice
Session Audio Files
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
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
6/22 - Park perseveres
6/14 - Earnhardt Finds
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
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
months of developments
The Earnhardt Report
says cockpit should be safety focus
expects no surprises in report
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
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
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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
DEI employee misses boss_5/8/01
Fifty-something-year-old Bob Park has a lot to be grateful for.
Hes a Modified driver, the proud father of Winston Cup driver Steve and has a great
job with a solid company Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Full
This June Bug's for you_5/8/01
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_5/8/01
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
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
it real' is Little Es forte
Earnhardt Jr. a
Foyt and Childress team up
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.
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Web site owner denied access to
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_5/4/01
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
Opinion: The cost
of doing business
Simpson has no
meeting, but firefighter does
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
continues with its stonewall approach to information on seat-belt controversy
NASCAR wants no limits to its rule
Ward Burton's helmet, head restraint
Earnhardt Jr. Richmond Race Preview
believes seat belt broke
Truth elusive in wake of Earnhardt's death
keeps making PR mistakes
Earnhardt Jr. says
his faith in NASCAR not shaken
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
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NASCAR head loses top racer, top
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
Earnhardt a class act to Cheever_5/9/01
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
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
Bass Pro Shops: Dale
Earnhardt outdoorsman photo tribute
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
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, whyd 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 hes going to be tough again this
Unless Earnhardt Jr. wins this Saturday night at
Richmond, the last time he will have visited victory lane will have been at last
Ive 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, youve got to be around at the end and not get caught up in a
wreck. When you get to that last 10 laps, thats about as cutthroat a racing as
Ive ever been in. Its 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 years
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
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_5/16/01
When sparks flew in past Winstons, it was a safe bet that the
No. 3 was nearby. More.
Earnhardt Jr. cherishes Winston win_5/14/01
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
5/12 - Adam Petty
Rusty Wallace carried a
Dale Earnhardt flag, who would have turned 50 on Sunday, on his victory lap at California
first victory of 2001, remembers a friend
California -- Driver Rundown:
||Dale Earnhardt Jr.
|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_4/26/01
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.
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
California Speedway announces Earnhardt tribute_4/24/01
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.
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_4/23/01
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
Dale Jr. gets a top-10 in Talladega_4/22/01
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.
E makes big leap in points battle
cautious driving make for safe race
||Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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
team, disdains drafting `deals'
there be a Talladega without Earnhardt?
Bonnett headlines Motorsports Hall inductees
Earnhardt Jr. looking forward to Talladega
Park has big dreams for
Earnhardt Remembered for Record He Never Achieved
Waltrip joined fans at tribute_4/19/01
Two months later, Darrell Waltrip still chokes up when he
recalls the jolting final moments of the Daytona 500. Full Story.
remembered as tough, enthusiastic
will be on watch for counterfeit souvenirs
angrily, defends belts
Earnhardt's face burned in 20-car pile-up_4/26/98
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.
from '98 DieHard 500
TV: 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_4/17/01
"... [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_4/15/01
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.
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
Earnhardt and Nigel Mansell story
Bush meets Earnhardts while visiting Charlotte_4/11/01
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
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_4/10/01
The way Michael Waltrip views it, Talladega
Superspeedways Talladega 500 is the next chance for the DEI No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet to
visit Victory Lane. Do the math and its simple: its the next NASCAR Winston
Cup Series event, hes 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
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.
Story with other notes
response to the report
Text of medical
medical examiner's report
Expert spent years
earning his status
NASCAR probe to
last through summer
Expert: Earnhardt Died of Head Whip
IROC won't fill Earnhardt's entry_3/25/01
Dale Earnhardt's entry will not be filled in the remaining three
International Race of Champions events this season. More.
'We just want it to end'
RCR / DEI Martinsville Rundown:
||Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt put teams on road to success
Dale Earnhardt at Martinsville
Dale Jr. Comments on Martinsville
Harvick Martinsville Pre-Race Notes
"He was invincible to me"_4/4/01
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his fathers
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
NBCs Today. Full Story.
Earnhardt Jr. acknowledges the changes_4/1/01
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.
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
Earnhardt Jr. passes on HANS device
Statement by Teresa Earnhardt_3/29/01
"I am pleased and grateful for what has happened here in
Tallahassee today." Statement.
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_3/27/01
An article written by Kelly
Earnhardt about her dad. Originally published September 1990 in "Racing for
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_3/27/01
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_3/23/01
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
"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
Harvick doing double duty on track
Dale Jr. Diary: Memories of Dad_3/21/01
"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
Its 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
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"
Jr. discusses father's death
accelerating healing process for Childress
Hamlin making frayed ends meet as Harvick's crew chief
Chat Transcript: Richard Childress
Remembering 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?_3/16/01
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
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
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 Earnhardts early days
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
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'
Steve Park, 33, took the lead from Jeff Gordon on
the 339th of 393 laps during Sundays 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.
Its so great to win this one for Dale, Park said. (DEI is) two for
two, and were 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
By DAVID POOLE
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
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.
End of an era
Waltrip understood the nature of Earnhardt's crash
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
|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
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.
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.
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.
and Earnhardt: nearly 20 great years of friendship and success!
Statement from Richard Childress, President and
CEO of Richard Childress Racing
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
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
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
I didnt know it until I had an MRI three or four years
ago, but I had a piece of iron in my head. It didnt 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
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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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