Dale Earnhardt Original Winning Car

December 11, 2009 by · 14 Comments
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Authentic Dale Earnhardt Race Winning Car to be Sold

You see a lot of cars like this that were show cars or replicas – but this one is the real deal. The car is for sale on eBay.

It comes with documentation showing that the car was built by Richard Childress Racing and raced by Dale Earnhardt.

It’s a 1990 Chevy Lumina that Dale won the Atlanta 500 in. The car was named Iron Head by Earnhardt’s crew. If you look closely you will see where the crew engraved the name Iron Head.

 

Black Number 3 Returning to NASCAR

September 3, 2009 by · 151 Comments
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Richard Childress Bringing Back the Black No. 3

A black No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will race in NASCAR this weekend for the first time since Dale Earnhardt ran his last Daytona 500 in 2001.

Austin Dillon – Grandson of Richard Childress – will drive a black No. 3 Chevy Truck in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.

If Dillon’s career takes him to the Sprint Cup Series I fully expect him to be behind the wheel of the No. 3 car then, too.

Some Earnhardt fans will be unhappy about this decision  — but the No. 3 was Richard Childress’ number before it was Dale Earnhardt’s.

Childress had 285 NASCAR starts before he stepped out of the No. 3 car and put Earnhardt behind the wheel. But it took Earnhardt to drive the car to 6 championships.

Are you happy to see the No. 3 back on the track even though someone whose last name is not Earnhardt is behind the wheel of it?

Dale Earnhardt Roller Coaster

August 21, 2009 by · 12 Comments
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Want to ride the Dale Earnhardt Intimidator 305 Roller Coaster?

Kings Dominion amusement park just outside Richmond, Virginia is preparing to open the Intimidator 305 – a Dale Earnhardt themed Giga-coaster that will be the tallest and fastest coaster on the East Coast.

The first drop on the Intimidator 305 is 300 feet – and it reaches a top speed of 92 mph.

The $25 million ride has 6 airtime humps and 3 high speed turns.

All that kinda sounds like a lap around Bristol.

The ride opens up next April. Will I see you there in line to ride it?

Dale Jr Ready for Richmond

April 29, 2009 by · 39 Comments
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Earnhardt & Eury Ready for Richmond

One year ago at Richmond Dale Earnhardt Jr was leading the race with just 3 laps to go when Kyle Busch lost control of his race car and sent Dale Jr into the wall, turning want looked to be a win into a 15th place finish.

“It was pretty wild,” said Junior.  “You know, that was pretty disappointing how the first race finished.  I don’t know.  I like racing Kyle.  He’s a real tough competitor.  But hopefully we don’t have any of that going on this weekend.  Hopefully we can all try to win a race and not be bouncing off each other.”

Dale Jr has 3 Sprint Cup wins at Richmond, and he says a lot of it is that he just enjoys racing there.

“I like Richmond a lot.  We always thought we run good there ’cause it’s a lot like Myrtle Beach, where I ran a lot in the late models,” said Dale Jr.  “There’s a lot of similarities.  But I just like short-track racing.  We seem to do really good on the short tracks.  It’s got a lot of different grooves that you can run.  You can move around.  I think it puts on one of the more exciting races in the season.  It ranks right up there as some of the best.”

“You’ve got to have a good drive off of 2 over there, noted crew chief Tony Eury Jr on what it would take to win Richmond. The biggest challenge is that the practice is in the middle of the afternoon and we race at night, so you really have to guess where your setup should be and make sure you are free enough for the night time.”

Earnhardt admitted he has had some problems on pit road, but he and Tony Eury Jr feel those are behind them now.

“Hopefully we can all try to win a race and not be bouncing off each other.” ~ Dale Jr on Kyle Busch

“We just have to finish like we did Sunday, and not have any problems, said Dale Earnhardt Jr. ”I think we’re doing a better job on pit road.  I think we changed some things around with individuals.  We got a little bit faster pit crew.  We did a real good job this weekend.  I think they were the best team on pit road this weekend.  I think they were the best.

Earnhardt is 15th in the Sprint Cup points standings heading into Richmond, and he is already thinking about making it into the Chase.

“This year we started out so slow and terrible, we’re in a hole now,” said Earnhardt.  “We’re going to be fighting our way to try to get in the Chase all year, I’m pretty sure.  So we’re gonna have to step our performance up in the summer way beyond what we were capable of doing last year.  That’s gonna be what decides whether we make the Chase or not.”

“But I think, you know, I feel pretty confident, and I feel like we can definitely do better than we did last year in the summer races, you know, with Pocono, the road courses, all those things.”

Eury was highly confident on his drivers abilities at the ¾ mile short-track “He’s awesome there. I think he has a lot of success there because it’s a lot like the track he grew up racing at Myrtle Beach.  Richmond just fits his style.”

Who are you picking for the win at Richmond?

Photo Courtesy Hendrick Motorsports

Dale Earnhardt Quote

April 13, 2009 by · 22 Comments
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Dale Earnhardt on Restrictor Plate Racing

When some of NASCAR’s top drivers were complaining about their car’s handling and excessive speed at Daytona in July, 2000 Dale Earnhardt set them straight.

This quote absolutely leaves no doubt that Dale Earnhardt was a racer’s racer.

“If you’re not a race driver, stay the hell home. — Don’t come here and grumble about going too fast. Get the hell out of the race car if you’ve got feathers on your legs or butt. — Put a kerosene rag around your ankles so the ants won’t climb up there and eat that candy ass.” ~ Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt’s Lucky Penny

March 11, 2009 by · 10 Comments
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Dale Earnhardt’s Lucky Penny

Wessa Returning to Bristol

Wessa Miller dreamed of meeting Dale Earnhardt. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made her dreams come true.

That was on February 14, 1998, the day before Dale Earnhardt’s 20th Daytona 500. A race he had never won.

Wessa presented Dale with a lucky penny in hopes of bringing him his first victory in the Daytona 500.

On Saturday before the 500 Wessa, along with her Mom and Dad, Juanita and Booker, waited in an office in the Daytona International Speedway garage as Earnhardt and the other drivers completed the final practice.

Word came down that Earnhardt was not happy with his car during happy hour, and that made Juanita a little more nervous. This was, after all, The Intimidator. She was concerned that he would be abrupt and gruff – and that Wessa would be disappointed.

Juanita need not have worried.

Dale walked in and knelt beside Wessa’s wheelchair and gave her a huge smile. That wasn’t lost on Juanita. She had noticed how most people would stand above Wessa and look down at her. Not Dale Earnhardt.

Dale visited with Wessa for nearly fifteen minutes while Juanita and Booker looked on. He gave Wessa his undivided attention. Juanita could see the goodwill in Earnhardt’s heart as he talked to Wessa.

Earnhardt had the lucky penny attached to the dash of the No. 3 Chevrolet. It was still there when he took the checkered flag to win the race. Wessa’s penny had worked.

Juanita need not have worried. Dale walked in and knelt beside Wessa’s wheelchair and gave her a huge smile. That wasn’t lost on Juanita.

To show his gratitude Earnhardt invited Wessa and her family to be his guests at Bristol a few weeks later. That worked for Wessa. Bristol was only 120 miles from her home in Phyllis, Kentucky.  Dale also bought Wessa and her family a van. The Miller’s still use that van to this day to drive Wessa to her doctor in Lexington, KY – 175 miles from their home in Phyllis.

Wessa Going Back to Bristol

Today Wessa is 16 years old – and she’s returning to Bristol on March 22 for the Food City 500 race thanks to efforts from The NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR Angels, Motor Racing Outreach and the Pennies for Wessa Fund.

An online auction is set up to benefit the MRO Benevolence Fund.

Pennies for Wessa was founded by NASCAR reporter David Poole to help Wessa and her family. You can learn more at penniesforwessa.org

Right now Earnhardt’s Daytona 500 winning car sits in the Richard Childress Racing Museum in Welcome, North Carolina. Wessa’s penny is still glued to the dash.

Please visit penniesforwessa.org to learn how you can help.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Wrecks Kyle Busch

Dale Jr Swears it was an Accident

Jimmie Johnson might have won the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 Sunday, but it was once again Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch grabbing headlines amid controversy.

“If I wanted to do it, I would do it really, really good.” ~ Dale Jr on the Kyle Busch crash

 

It looked like the same wreck the 2 drivers were involved in the last time they came to Richmond – but this time it was Kyle Busch who hit the wall, not Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Busch and Earnhardt were locked in a heated battle for the lead midway through the race when the 2 cars touched sending Kyle’s Toyota into the wall.

Junior insisted the crash was accidental — but he seemed to leave plenty of room to read between the lines in his comments.

When asked if he had intentionally put Busch into the wall, Dale Earnhardt Jr said “I really ain’t never wrecked anybody on purpose. But if I wanted to do it, I would do it really, really good.”

“If I wreck somebody, I ain’t going to leave him in good enough shape to come back and get me in the same race, so that wasn’t really my intentions.”

Kyle Busch felt that he knew exactly what happened. “Junior got in there a little too hot, a little close to me , and smoked the tires,” said Busch, who left the Richmond with the points lead.

One reporter asked Busch if he thought the wreck was payback from the spring race at Richmond.

“Was that revenge?  Who knows?” Busch replied flatly.

Dale Earnhardt Jr finished the race 4th — while Busch was credited with a 15th place finish.

Do you think it was revenge?

 

Taylor Earnhardt on Her Father Dale

August 15, 2008 by · 16 Comments
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The daughters of two American legends came together recently to raise money for their Father’s charitable foundations.

Dale Earnhardt’s daughter Taylor Earnhardt and John Wayne’s daughter Marissa Wayne Ditteaux were at the Stockyard in Fort Worth Texas to unveil the Dale & The Duke car.

Here are a few words from Taylor and Marissa.

Taylor Earnhardt said “To be able to continue both of their legends is a great thing.”

John Wayne’s daughter Marissa Wayne Ditteaux spoke about how they were both American icons. “We get to celebrate these men and their legacies, their causes. ”

The John Wayne Cancer Foundation has set about ‘To fight cancer around the world and find a cure.’

Pictured here are Taylor Earnhardt (right) and John Wayne’s daughter Marissa Wayne Ditteaux.

Sales from the project will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation and the John Wayne Cancer foundation.

The Dale Earnhardt Foundation has set its mission as: ‘To Continue the Legend through charitable grants that sustain Dale’s lifelong commitment to education, children and Environment / Wildlife preservation.’

Photos courtesy Nikki Fox.

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Martha Stewart Was Earnhardt Hometown’s Visitor

August 1, 2008 by · 22 Comments
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It was Martha Stewart who visited Dale Earnhardt’s hometown of Kannapolis, North Carolina Thursday, not Oprah Winfrey as previously reported here.

 

The city of Kannapolis, along with the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau, removed the ‘Dale Trail’ banners around town last week in anticipation of the arrival of a ‘VIP’ at the towns N.C Research Campus.

The banners were originally put up to honor Earnhardt, the 7 time NASCAR Champion.

The removal of the Earnhardt banners sparked a massive public outcry from NASCAR fans around the country — and put a black eye on the city of Kannapolis.

Earnhardt fans accused city leaders of bowing to pressure from big-money interests in removing the banners — a move that was originally called permanent by Kannapols City Manager Mike Legg.

Now the city seems to be backing off their original hard-line stance amid the outcry. Legg has indicated that the banners may be replaced in the future.

Stewart was given a tour of the campus by California billionaire David Murdick in his Range Rover according to the Salisbury Post.

Kannapolis Boots Earnhardt Flags

July 25, 2008 by · 144 Comments
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Dale Earnhardt No Longer Good Enough For His Home Town

It seems that city officials think that Dale Earnhardt is no longer good enough for his hometown of Kannapolis, North Carolina.

 

The city put up a series of banners along the “Dale Trail” honoring the 7 time NASCAR Champion following his death in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Now California billionaire David Murdock wants the banners removed, and the city of Kannapolis has agreed.

Murdock owns the North Carolina Research Center, a science research conglomerate that is being developed in Kannapolis.

The Salisbury Post has reported that Murdock’s company wants to “put the best face on the city” for a high profile visitor  who is visiting the city. It turns out that visitor is Martha Stewart.

The Dale Train begins at I-85′s exit 60 and travels through downtown Kannapolis on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard. It then passes Ralph Earnhardt’s grave and the old Edelman’s Garage where Ralph learned how build fast engines for bootleggers like Junior Johnson. It continues through a section of Kannapolis known as Car Town, where the Earnhardt clan once lived.

Martha Earnhardt, Dale’s mother, still lives in Kannapolis.

The Dale Trail passes Dale Earnhardt Plaza, where Dale’s friends have built a park with a 9 foot statue of ‘The Intimidator’. From there the trail heads out of town and past Dale Earnhardt Inc’s race shop and corporate headquarters in Mooresville.

City Manager Mike Legg has told the Kannapolis city council that the banners will be permanently removed. Is that any way to honor Dale Earnhardt?

However, the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to put up new markers along the Dale Trail. A plan that Legg says may not fly.

“There may be a conflict as to what happens later,” Legg wrote, says the Salisbury Post. “There are many that do not want to see anything ‘Dale-related’ going back up.”

If you want to contact Mike Legg – the Kannapolis City Manager — to let him know how you feel here’s how to reach him:

Mike Legg

City Manager

246 Oak Street

Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081

Please let other Earnhardt fans know about this.

What do you think about the way Kannapolis officials have handled this? Comments left here will be forwarded to the Kannapolis City Manager.

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