Kannapolis Boots Earnhardt Flags

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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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144 Comments on Kannapolis Boots Earnhardt Flags

  1. Donna on
  2. I think it is a disrepect to the man that put that town on the map. No one would have ever known where Kannapolis was if it wasn’t for Dale Earnhardt. They should be ashamed of themselves. And this “billionaire” is being placated because of his money…..so what….the Earnhardts have put tourist in the city for a lot of years and Everyone has beneifted from it. What a slap in the face to the Earnhardts.

  3. Tom on
  4. I cannot believe that Kannapolis is selling out for Oprah. Who put the town on the map? Not her for sure. Money grubbers!

  5. Julie Beard on
  6. I think it’s rude. I think Mr Legg should be impeached!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Richard on
  8. What a disgrace. Dale lived in this town and now you are not going to keep his memory alive. Who is this Murdock charater. Mr.Murdock is a Californian with lots of money who probably won’t live here. Dale was raised here and raised his family here. Let them at least put up some kind of markers so people grom out of town can know what Dale was all about and what was in the history of this town.

  9. Bruce on
  10. Your actions are pathetic!!!!

    You are a very ignorant group to do what you have down, you should be ashamed!!!

  11. Debby on
  12. If it was not for Dale Earnhardt, who would know where Kannapolis was???? This Murdock guy needs to go back to Calif. and stay!!!!!!

  13. Brenda on
  14. shame on you Mr. Legg, this is Dale Earnharts town, he made it what it is today, your famous because of him.
    how soon we forget.

    Why do you think that we visit your city?
    BECAUSE OF DALE EARNHARDT, SR. and because his mother still lives their and because of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. his son is now our favorite NASCAR driver after his father died.

    Are you crazy???

    Just because Opral MAY invest in your city…….What about all the thousands of NASCAR families that come to your city because of DALE,SR.?

    Since when do we not count???

    From an ARKANSAS NASCAR FAN………..

  15. Dee Kilpatrick on
  16. Don’t mess with DALE EARNHARDT!!!
    It will cost the city business if you do!

    Dee Kilpatrick

  17. peggy lynch on
  18. I think that is horible ,murdock thinks just because he has money he can do anything he wants,well I Disagree completely,its a bunch of hog wash…..murdock you suck

    who does this murdock person think he is to think oprah winfrey would ever stand for this kind of thinking if oprah comes to kannapolis she is the kind of person that will make old murdock put the banners back up because she is a very kind and loveing person and doesnt make trouble for anyone it would be nice if they would put oprahs banner up along side dales because he would love her to come to kannapolis and he would welcome her

  19. da88lejr on
  20. How selfish of you, Murdock, I don’t give a hoot who you are! This is undignified and totally un-necessary! This is an honor to the Earnhardt family and you are an insult not only to them but his billions of fans!!!This is not amusing and it is not a monor issue! You sir, are insulting and a moron!

  21. John on
  22. Mike… you are without a dought an IDIOT!!!
    Murdock… stay in California and count your money. How the heck did you get all your money,because I know that you are not making the right business move on this deal.
    I only hope that your friend Oprah turns on your ass and takes YOUR money and gives it to her school in So. Africa
    You two jerks piss me and alot of other people off. Mike if you run for re-election… I hope you lose your job!!!

  23. Penny on
  24. I agree, Kannapolis would not even be on the map if not for the Sr. and the Earnhardt family. I cannot believe that Opra would be in agreement with this. Kannapolis belongs to the town folks who loved and still love the Earnhardt family. What a travesity. I cannot even venture how much money the city will lose of Nascar fans if this is allowed. Shame on you for even considering this.

  25. Earl on
  26. It is not right,Just because this guy has money.Dale Earnhardt was the best thing to happen to that town!jmo.FOREVER3GODALEJR.!!!

  27. DEBBIE on
  28. I think this is crazy!! Oprah over Dale? It’S all about this new age crap Oprah has going. When Oprah speaks everyone listens? Sounds alot like the antichrist.

  29. Johnnie from Texas on
  30. Proves money talks if you are a billionaire. Mooresville has made a lot of money because of Nascar and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Why do you think people even come to your city? Because of Earnhardt, that’s why. He may be gone but NEVER forgotten. Dale, Sr. did more for Nascar and Mooresville than anyone ever has or will. I’ll always be a #3 fan. Someday I hope to visit your city again to relive all the memories, but you can bet your boots I won’t spend a dime while I’m there.

  31. Johnnie from Texas on
  32. Ditto for Kannapolis!
    Earnhardt fans.. I really got upset reading about Kannapolis removing all banners.
    Why do you think people even come to Mooresville and Kannapolis BECAUSE OF #3

  33. PAT on
  34. THIS IS DISGRACEFUL, MONEY TALKS. NOW ABOUT OPRAH – DON’T KID YOURSELF, SHE’S GOT PLENTY OF MONEY AND GETS WHAT SHE WANTS. SHE SUPPORTS OBAMA WITH PLENTY OF MONEY, NOW SHE IS BUYING KANNAPOLIS. ISN’T IT IRONIC THAT OBAMA WAS GOING TO SPONSOR A NASCAR RACE CAR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO???? THEY’RE TRYING TO BUY UP EVERYTHING. AND THE CITY FATHERS THAT GAVE INTO THE REMOVAL OF DALE’S BANNERS OUGHT TO BE RUN OUT OF TOWN. I HOPE THIS TOWN DRIES UP TO NOTHING LIKE IT WAS BEFORE THE “INTIMIDATOR” – LONG LIVE #3!

  35. PAT on
  36. A-MEN, DON’T ANYONE SPEND THEIR MONEY IN KANNAPOLIS – HIT THEM IN THE POCKETBOOK, THAT ALWAYS GETS THEIR ATTENTION. BUT THEN, YOU HAVE THE BILLIONAIRES COMING IN WITH THEIR $$$$$ – BUT THEY WON’T SPEND IT IN KANNAPOLIS. GREEDY IGNORANT PEOPLE LIKE MURDOCH, WINFREY AND LEGG MAKE ME SICK! NONE OF THEM COULD BEING TO HOLD A CANDLE TO THE HONEST, HARD-WORKING EARNHARDT FAMILY.

  37. PAT on
  38. HA – IF YOU THINK OPRAH IS THAT KIND OF PERSON, YOU MIGHT OUGHT TO TAKE A 2ND LOOK AT HER. SHE CONTROLS A LOT OF PEOPLE AND THINGS, BIGGEST SUPPORTER OF OBAMA – IF IT WASN’T FOR HER, HE WOULDN’T BE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. SHE IS NOT A NICE, WARM, LOVING PERSON TO PEOPLE LIKE US. SHE IS PROBABLY THE ONE THAT INSTIGATED THIS WHOLE THING.

  39. JERRY on
  40. IS MR. MURDICK ARE U ON GR8 DRUGS.THAT IS THE DUMBEST THING YOU ARE DOING. THINK!!!!!!

  41. Trisha on
  42. The only reason I stopped in your town was to see the place that honors Dale. I promise you that if you remove those flags and remembrances of Dale most will drive right by and never exit the interstate there…I know that’s what I would have done. It’s hard to believe that some outsider could come in and want something removed that gave the town it’s very identity.

  43. Dalejrsgf on
  44. first off, Opra doesn’t care about this all she cares about is that everyone kisses the ground she walks on. And that is exactly what Mr. Legg is doing. And it’s not going to take long before all NASCAR fans hear about this disrespect and disregaurd for the main reason that Mr. Legg’s “town” is even known and mentioned in the papers. He should serousliy think about his decission and remember that its Dale Sr fans that put him in office!

  45. Billie on
  46. Just another arrogant West Coaster who will probably never spend a day in NC, shame on the Kannapolis city PTB!!

  47. George on
  48. Mr.Murdock:
    What are you thinking,you must have gotten a bad batch to think that you can turn a Town that a Earnhardt made famousinto a nothing>>W I L L N O T H A P P E N!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. JERRY on
  50. PENNY U ARE GOOD. I LIKE OPRAH,NOT NOW. YOU 2 ARE PUNKS. MIKE, HOW CAN YOU SLEEP,YOU ARE NOT A REAL RACER,HOPE YOU 3 GET NOTHING FOR YOUR B-DAYS,

  51. Shannon on
  52. I have to agree with these other fans who cannot believe that this is taking place?? I mean who Mike Murdock think he is?!?!? Kannapolis is the town it is today because of Earnhardt Sr and family. I think this is a total disrespect to his family, especially his mother,who still live there..Just because Oprah is “visiting” and may invest some money doesn’t give anyone the right to take down those banners…I would have to say that it is the Nascar/Earnhardt fans who have brought the money to this city, not OPRAH…And for that matter I think that if she agrees with taking them down that she is as low as Mike Murdock…Mr. Murdock I hope that when re election time comes back around that you will not be re elected!!!!! This is such crap..Earnhardts rule..~~~An upset Alabama Earnhardt Nascar Fan……

  53. faye stejakowski on
  54. In my opinion removing anything from the Earnhardt era is absolutely crazy. But as we all know money talks. Earnhardt may be gone but will never be forgotten.

  55. HELEN on
  56. THIS IS THE EMAIL I JUST SENT MIKE…..

    HAVE YOU AND THAT BILLIONAIRE LOST YOUR MINDS
    KANNAPOLIS WOULDN’T EVEN BE ON THE MAP IF DALE
    EARNHARDT AND HIS FAMILY WERE NOT THERE!! THOSE
    FLAGS ARE NOT HURTING ANYBODY AND WHO GIVES A
    FLIP ABOUT OPRAH?? PEOPLE THAT COME TO KANNAPOLIS
    ARE COMING TO SEE DEI OR ANYTHING EARNHARDT
    RELATED YOU BEST WISE UP BEFORE KANNAPOLIS
    BECOMES A GHOST TOWN!! ANY MONEY THAT TOWN
    SEE’S IS FROM EARNHARDT FANS I CAN PROMISE
    YOU THAT WISE UP MAN!!

    FROM,
    A TRUE EARNHARDT FAN FOREVER!!
    HELEN WADDELL

    I want everyone to read the answer from Mike Legg, City Manager, of the City of Kannapolis, NC that he sent to me via Internet in answer to my e-mail to him.
    Here it is as follows-Thank you all for reading his answer and the truth….
    Now we have the rest of the story…..

    Dear Curtis,

    Thank you so much for your email.

    Unfortunately much of the news coverage on this issue is either inaccurate or incomplete. Let me assure you, the City of Kannapolis has absolutely no desire or any plans to change our ongoing commitment to honoring Dale Earnhardt and his legacy. I agree with you 100% that Dale Earnhardt, is a critically important part of our heritage. In fact, the Kannapolis City Council included as part of this year’s budget $25,000 to enhance the Dale Earnhardt Plaza (site of the statue). Those plans are in the works now. There is no way the City would continue to invest in the tribute to Dale Earnhardt and divest in other areas of honoring him. Let me assure you there are no plans for removal of the statue and no plans to change road names or numbers honoring the memory of Dale Earnhardt (in fact our City Council is the group that changed the name of Centergrove Road and S. Loop Road to Dale Earnhardt Blvd several years ago).

    The reality is, the City of Kannapolis had very little to do with the Dale Trail banners. The banners were jointly purchased several years ago by Atlantic American Properties/Cannon Village (AAP) and the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The City did not pay for or have anything to do with the purchase. The only role we have played is to assist the CVB in the hanging and removal of the flags based on its decisions. And it is important to know, even though the news media is not reporting it, David Murdock donated land free of charge to the City for the D.E. Plaza and paid 100% of the costs for the statue (more than $200,000) to honor Dale Earnhardt’s legacy.

    The banners were removed because they were worn and dirty and the CVB believed that they needed a fresh look. There was already a plan the CVB had been working on for some time to enhance the Dale Earnhardt (Dale Trail) experience in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis. Thoughts are to include a driving CD taking people to all the points of interest along the Dale Trail. Also thoughts are being discussed of installing attractive informational markers at key interest points (Ralph’s grave, the D.E. Plaza, etc.). There is also the possibility of new Dale/NASCAR banners being created to honor the sport and the legacy of Dale. This notion of the banners being removed permanently is simply false information and poor reporting by the news media.

    Even though we are certainly proud of the changes going on in the City of Kannapolis and our new and exciting future, we are in no way abandoning our history and heritage. On the contrary, we continue to search for ways to enhance the preservation of our past as well as improve our future

    So, I hate that the media coverage portrayed this the way it did. They did a poor job of telling the whole story, which I hope is clear though my response to you.

    The bottom line is the City of Kannapolis supports and honors the legacy of Dale Earnhardt and will continue to invest in promoting his memory.

    As to the media reports about selling the banners on e-Bay, that is a decision the CVB will make. The City has no role in that decision. I would encourage you to contact the CVB to let them know your thoughts. If I had to guess, I suspect the money will be re-circulated into the new Dale Earnhart tribute activities I describe above. However, your idea of a donation to a NASCAR charity makes a lot of sense as well.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have thoughts or ideas on how we can enhance our tribute to Dale and/or our support of NASCAR.

    Regards,

    Mike

    Mike Legg
    City Manager
    City of Kannapolis
    704.920.4309 (O)
    980.521.0274 (M)

    Sent from Mobile Device.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Curtis
    To: Mike Legg
    Sent: Sat Jul 26 16:50:44 2008
    Subject: Dale Earnhardt, Sr

    Why do you think that we visit your city?
    BECAUSE OF DALE EARNHARDT, SR. and because his mother still lives their and because of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. his son is now our favorite NASCAR driver after his father died.

    Are you crazy???

    Just because Opral MAY invest in your city…….What about all the thousands of NASCAR families that come to your city because of DALE,SR.?

    Since when do we not count???

    From an ARKANSAS NASCAR FAN………..

  57. JR88Fann on
  58. This is a total disrespect to Dale Earnhardt Sr who put Kannaplois on the map. This just goes to show you that David Murdock and Oprah only care about their own agenda and not the Earnhardt legacy. If I had a business in that town I would pull out and move elsewhere. And to think Dale’s mother still lives there. What a complete disrespect for the Earnhardt family. I hope Oprah does the right thing and makes the city put the banners back up. If not, she will never get any respect from the Nascar community!!!!!!

  59. Shannon on
  60. Ok I have to go back and fix something..Unfortunately I was so mad after reading this that I addressed the wrong people at the wrong time so here goes..My opinion stands as is however, I put Mr Murdock’s name in the wrong place…I hope that he loses his job no doubt, and as for Mr. Legg, he is the one who should not be re elected when its election time again…Sorry for the mix up..

  61. Jay Cote on
  62. Money, money money, nobody cares about history and loyalty and integity anymore, The Earnhart family helps your town be recognized and you reward them by kissin butt on a no name rich clown, Mike you must really be shallow to go for this millionaire’s BS, Oprah who?? May as well put in OBAMA too, I’m sure he would support you Mike, you have just found your 15 minutesof fame you idiot.

    I think the banner’s should be left exactly where they are. Kannapolis WOULD NOT be what is is without the fame of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.!!! Greedy people is what makes our world a bad place!!

  63. ehege on
  64. MURDOCK&MIKE,
    I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS ARE PLANNING ,BUT IF YOU DO ANY MESSING WITH DALE EARNHAEDT SR&FAMILY,KANNAPOLIS WILL BECOME A GHOST TOWN.ALSO I DON’T THINK ANY OF HIS FANS WOULD LIKE THIS VERY MUCH.MIKE IF YOU LET MURDOCK COME IN THERE AND DO ANY OF THIS CRAP,I HONESTLY THINK ,ALL DALE EARNHARDT SR FANS WON’T STAND FOR THIS,THIS IS THEIR HERITAGE.AND THEY HAD SO MUCH TO DO WITH NASCAR BEING WHAT IT USED TO BE.NASCAR REALLY STARTED IN NC. PLEASE DON’T LET MONET RUIN THIS

  65. Shannon on
  66. Hmmmm…I emailed Mr. Legg and within a few minutes I received the very same email as Pat Curtis received….I guess everyone will get the same email reply if they contact Mr. Legg.
    I’m guessing that he isn’t reading these emails that Earnhardt fans are sending to him but that is my opinion…I am not sure I believe the “explanation” I got……Earnhardt still rules and will always be remembered with or without the banners but it is a SHAME that they are coming down…

  67. adrienne on
  68. i just got back home from kannapolis, NC. I am also already planning to return because we had a great time in cannon village and seeing the statue. I think markers of inerest would be a great idea and make it easier to find the all the interesting facts about dale earnhardt and the beautiful city that he has made famous. My family and i were dissappointed that we didn’t get to see the mill that the earnhardts worked at. the banners were a big help in finding things in the city, so if you do remove then something to repalce them would be great.

  69. mike bickett on
  70. i am glad that i red the whole iist.at first i was very angry,but it looks like mike legg has set the record straight.all we need to do now is let all the dale fans know that this was all as was reported.i hope all this gets straightened out and all will be back to normal.i can not help but to look for the number 3 on the track every week even after the time that has passed.what we have left is a memory and a darn good one.lets keep it that way forever.mike bickett,loretto ky.

  71. brenda fraser on
  72. Pat Curtis
    I read the reply and I hope this is true. It would just not be right if what was reported is true. That town exists because of the Earnharts and all the people who visit because of the family. What would be the reason to go there if it weren’t for all that Dale and Dale Jr. have done. Jr could live anywhere but he chooses to stay by his roots and his family.
    I am an elderly person that lives for Nascar and it’s roots.
    Florida Nascar Fan

  73. sherry on
  74. Oprah can go elsewhere. Glad to hear you had plans in place.
    Murdock, and her are a joke, take their Billions and help our country feed and pay medical costs for so many suffering here in the USA.

    Sherry in Texas

  75. Greg on
  76. Like most all city officals put a couple of billionaire in front of them and they could care less who put them on the map. And of course if it had not been for Dale the research center more than likely would not be there any way. Remember when election time rolls around all things can change, and should.

  77. Paula on
  78. So why does anybody needs to invest in your city don’t you get enough vistor’s attraction from the fan’s of Dale Sr,and The fan’s from Dale Jr . I mean I think People should not change anything . If anything put up the statue’s Flags of the number 3 on the way to Kannapolis,and on to his father’s grave So people know that it’s going to stay there for ever,but I don’t think there should be anything taken off because someone wants to invest in your city. that is wrong , I can only imagine what the Earnhardt family is feeling about this right know . I would love to come over to see were Sr grew up and became a nascar driver ,and same with Jr but some day I well but I hope for know this well get worked out . I well pray for the Family about this out coming .From A Earnhardt fan.

  79. NASCAR, INDY, RACE FAN on
  80. RICHY RICH PEOPLE MAKE ME PUKE.

  81. Jim Varble on
  82. I hope Mike Legg is telling the truth.Only time will tell. But what happens when DEI,Inc is sold. It has been reported that it is up for sale.

  83. SHERRY TRENT on
  84. please let dale sr live on my gosh he made that town.

  85. Gary on
  86. I would bet if Oprah knew this she would not let this happen. Come on N.C.why let a outsider from California mess with your own Son.. Don’t let them stick it to The Man. And remmber this Mike Legg at election time.

  87. James McWhorter on
  88. If the banners are cloth it should have been understood that they were temporary and would have to come down. They could get in pretty bad shape. I would bet on DEI over oprah who sends most of her money to Africa. If Earnhart in Kannapolis insults her, tough, let her go to africa. DEI may be worth more. They spend more each and every race for the sport and the fans. I’m sure if the banners come down and she can still see the honor that Kannapolis has for Earnhardt then his memory has not been dishonored. Kannapolis will always be Earnhardt long after Oprah and Obama have moved on. (Hopefully that won’t be long)!

  89. daniell on
  90. Mike is giving a lot of lip service [BS] if the flags are worn, simply replace them with new ones tippical politician

  91. Lori on
  92. well oprah dont have anything do with this. the rich man needs to stay in california and count his money, mr. legg everyone is right dale put kannapolis on the map leave it alone

  93. Michael Smith on
  94. Mike Legg is an oxygen thief and a complete waste of skin! A disgrace to our human race!
    Probably, just a typical greedy self-serving politician!

  95. Johnnie from Texas on
  96. I read the reply and I hope Mike Legg is telling the truth. Only time will tell. Kannapolis owes the Earnhardts to keep the memory alive. What would be the reason to go there if it weren’t for all that Dale and Dale Jr. have done.

  97. Nan on
  98. How do we even know what Oprah would say about all of this. She may not have anything to do with this at all. Why doesn’t someone ask her about all of this. If she is for removing the banners, then tell her to take a hike

  99. jason hartman on
  100. I was not a earhardt fan, but do agree that the flags were a nice feature for dales rememberance. i don’t think they should have taken them down because of the investers, because they are investing in the reserch campus not the legacy of kannapolis

  101. Gloria on
  102. Please don’t think that Ms Oprah is all that she has been made out to be. She has pretty much made up a new religion w/her under ground buddy, and she backs the presidential nominee for “the big change”, but are those changes for the better?? Just like changing the city of Kannapolis for no “good reason”! The Earnhardts are the core of Kannapolis and should remain so. Lets respect those that have earned it, not “bought it”!!

    It’s a disgrace to the Earnhardt family after all they have done for the town,even after Dale made it big in NASCAR he still supported his hometown. Kannapolis would not be the town it is today if it wasn’t for the Earnhardts.If the big wig is Oprah Winfry I believe she’d even be appalled.She like Dale started from nothing and both made a fortune.The man died doing what he loved and this is how they treat his memory.He was a great man and his family deserves better.I say LEAVE THE BANNERS ALONE!!!

    Iguess it’s the old saying MONEY TAIKS. tel MURDOCK to stay in CA. WITH THE OTHER RICH FOLKS. Murdock couldn’t tie Dale’s shoers.

  103. barbara on
  104. I am not CAROLININ, BUT I AM APPALLED THAT SOMEONE COULD HAVE THE NERVE TO talk down about DALE, SR. He WAS AN AMERICAN WHO DROVE IN AN AMERICAN SPORT, WHO HELPED MAKE THE SPORT AND HAS A GREAT SON AND OTHER SIBLINGS, WHO ARE TAKING THE HONOR ONWARD. Oprah has many other things to do besides to come SOUTH and try to TAKE OVER. WHO IS THIS MAN TO OFFER MONEY TO TAKE SOMETHING AWAY FROM OUR HERITAGE, WE HAVE RIGHTS……..grammy 66

  105. DJ on
  106. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE down anything that has to do with Dale Earnhardt Sr!!!!! He is our hero and always will be!!!!!!

  107. Dave on
  108. What’s going on here is totally wrong. When you take away history & memories you are not only stirring the local folk you upset people all over the nascar community & all over the country. Money is just money but, memories are suppose to last a lifetime.

  109. joyce on
  110. money talks people. i know. i have been put down to a level that no one should be in. i have not ever had money to speak of and if you don’t have it don’t talk it want do any good. their time will come when its time to face st. peter at the pearly gates and what good is their money going to for them/ the earnharts will alway be the #1 in that town and every where else and knowing sr. like i say him with his little mischeveios grin he knows their day is comming so he is just sitting back and relaxing as he know treasa is waiting for her day to come for mistreating his children.you don’t ever get away with evil doings.

  111. Pat from Canada on
  112. Email I have sent to Mr. Legg:
    I am sure the online discussion stating that the city of Kannapolis has agreed to remove the tribute trail Dale Earnhardt banners must surely be off base. No city manager would be stupid enough to consent to such an agreement seeing that it is the Earnhardt Family that has put your city on the map. The main reason any tourist would visit Kannapolis is BECAUSE of this legendary racing family. Surely if Mr. Murdock and Oprah are aware of this insane decision they cannot be supporting it. Anyone who has any money sense at all would be finding a way to help promote their ventures along side of the Earnhardt name. If the city goes ahead with this decision you can only expect that it will have a negative effective on anyone who would be interested in investing in your city. Any rational minded city manager would realize that especially in these hard times we need heroes to look up to and emulate. For the average person (I guess that does not include city managers or millionaires) the Earnhardt name symbolizes the power to succeed no matter where you start or where you come from and that we DO NOT forget our roots and where we come from. I am sure that the Research Center and the Earnhardt banners can co-exist in the same city. Instead of removing them it would be to the advantage their public image to graciously replace them with new ones.

  113. Natalie on
  114. Such a legacy and you people do not want to honor him. If he came from my City we would carry that Legacy till the end of time. Such a great man Dale Earnhardt was and the tradition should carry on. Kannapolis is and will always be Dale Earnhardt Country, you people should be proud………………………….

  115. Nancy on
  116. If Murdock is ignoring your e-mails maybe writing to Oprah would be better. I’m not a fan of hers by any means but it may get her attention.

  117. Tim88Fan on
  118. yea i think some people just don’t appreciate great things come on kanapolis is INTIMIDATOR country and NC is home to all most all of the nascar teams

    I cannot believe the article I just read. It sounds to me that there are people in this world who care for no one. They are just interested in how much money they can put in their pockets. Dale Earnhardt Sr. has brought more money and fame to Kannapolis, than anyone would ever believe. I feel Murdock has a hidden agenda we don’t know about. The city of Kannapolis should rebel against such a thing. If nothing else this should not be done because of his sweet Mother. I am sure this will hurt her very much. However, if it does happen. We love you Dale and NOBODY will ever take your memory away from us.

  119. Gary on
  120. It is obvious Kannapolis leaders forgot who invested in them first. The Earnhardt family has several generations that have brought positive changes to Kannapolis. It appears Kannapolis is only following NASCAR’s lead, of forgetting its roots. The Earnhardt family is not the only racing family, but they surly deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the community. There is an old saying you do not know what you have until you lose it. This kind of thinking is why so many teams are moving their shops away from the area little by little. The Earnhardt family will always be there for Kannapolis to use later when the outsiders come and go. Kannapolis hold on to those signs one day you will need them to help promote your town.

  121. RacingWin on
  122. If anyone believes the flags were taken down because they were worn and dirty then you should see these photos of the flags as they are being taken down. They look like new to me.

    http://www.salisburypost.com/Area/072508-dale-trail-murdock

  123. Jimmy Lay on
  124. It’s sad ,If the man was still alive I think we all know what Ironhead would do!!!Tradition has left the sport that Dale help build along with competition and pride.So Kannapolis can just go down with the sport and be a memory that we’ll hear folks talking about for years.It’s so hard to start venting and not bring up Bobby and Davey Allison memories?Just as well touch on the presidental race in America,Oop’s theres not one!!!

  125. Judy on
  126. What are these people thinking. Dale SR. will always been in everyones mind. I have license plates on my Monto Carlo that are for Dale. NMEMOF3 and they will be on any car I have. Those flags show the way to the park thats how my husband found the trail when he and a friend were their from out of town. I wonder what Dale Jr. thinks?

    Mr. Legg should rember who and what made Kannapolis a house hold name. If it wasn’t for the Earnhardt Family, I would have never gone north of Mooresville. Mr. Muddock must have a lot of pull to have the Earnhardt name erased from the history of Kannapolis, N.C. I hope Mr. Legg has his resume polished up, I think he will be needing it in the near future

  127. tcbpat on
  128. It is understanding that the banners after all this time would need to be REPLACED..my husband & I belong to Syracuse Hog Group in Syracuse NY it is a Harley motorcycle club (local) the American Flag at out Harley Shop was worn from the weather so our group just replaced it with money from our dues. If DEI would not replace the banners what about Dale Sr. & Dale Jr. fans. I am sure that Jr. & his sister would help with this. With all these fans just think how much would be raised with only a few dollars from each fan. If this was done how could Kannapolis say no? That way they would be back were they belong.
    To honor Dale Sr. Just a idea!

    Though Mr legg and the City Council may remove and icon from the city, it is reasonably certain there names will soon be forgotten. Dale Earnhardt’s name will endure long after it has been removed.
    Plesa remember this Mr Legg!

  129. Rita in Canada on
  130. I am stunned. I still cry when I think of Dale and how he died, loving what he did. I miss those
    donuts he put on doors. I have always wanted to
    visit Kannapolis and was, yes WAS going to visit this year and it’s a LONG trip for us, but not now. What is this billionaire doing..just what all money people do..I will bet all money that he
    wants Kannapolis to build this research centre for him, this is why they are billionaires. And when Kannapolis runs out of money supporting this venture then he will pull up stakes and leave you and the empty building in the dust. I’ve seen it before and I’ll see it again. City politicians like the color of money and their common sence goes right out the window when money walks in a door. PUT THE BANNERS BACK UP. and tell the money man to buzz off. Don’t discrace the EARNHARDT name, it built your town. Our Island runs on the tourism of “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy
    Maud Montgomery 100 years ago and even though some don’t like the idea it does bring in the bucks, which is more than this research center will generate..that money will just leave again in the pockets of the billionaire. THINK before you make such a hasty decision as you are letting ONE greedy man to run your town and discracing the name of EARNHARDT. As I sit here typing I can look up and see the No. 3 car
    with it’s engine bonnet open and that devilish grin looking back at me and beneath it is Jr. smiling and below that is No.3 on it’s side trying to out run Havoline down the track.
    My hero No. 3, forever alive and should also be in Kannapolis.

  131. Florida Boy on
  132. Just let us know when She’s coming and we’ll parade our own flags on our own cars. I bet we can a few thousand people to line the street… easy. It makes me sick that people with money can still manipulate (buy) the government! What are you afraid of?

  133. Linda Foutch on
  134. Amazin’ how somebody with bucks can just come in and change everything. Well it ain’t right. Its just wrong-wrong-wrong. And by the way, MY EARNHARDT FLAG STILLS FLYS ON MY FRONT PORCH……… Michigan Fan………………

    i sent a note to mr mike legg,this is being done by the group that purchased the flags ,they are worn,the city of kannapolis is in full support of dale earnhart they are adding money to the budget to do more work on the dale plaza..inaccurate media coverage strikes again.

  135. james martin on
  136. I agree with the #1 comment in this list wholehearted. Also its to bad this country is going to such low levels of humanity to let someone with money eliminate the meaning of honesty, compassion, and respect and the population standing by and not rebelling.Stand up people have some guts.

    This is so downright disrespectful. To think this Mr. Legg represents the city of Kannapolis. He ought to be ashamed of himself. Kick him and his cohorts out of office, they don’t deserve to represent the city. And for what, OPRAH!!! Money breeds money. Isn’t that sad?? Dale Sr. WAS Kannapolis. Not only is this blatent disrespect for Dale, but for his entire family. Let’s just be glad he can’t remove the Statue of Dale to replace that with one of the big O. When we did our North Carolina trip, that was the main reason for taking it, to see and drive the “Dale Trail”. Staying on Dale Earnhardt Blvd. was for me the most incredible thing I’ve ever done, I felt honored. Now Mr. Legg wants to take away from not only the city, but from fans also. Well, Legg-O, if that’s the way you feel, guess I won’t be visiting your city again. Let OPRAH support you. I say when Oprah arrives, not only get out and wave your own flags proudly, but maybe an egg or two on her limo will let her know how she has destroyed a LEGEND. Hope she can do for you what Dale did….NOT!!! Mr. Legg, this is one MAJOR mistake you may make, and regret for the rest of your life. How do you sleep at night??? You are a disgrace to your city!!!!! You do what you will, but remember nobody will ever replace THE INTIMIDATOR. Not even Oprah.

    FLORIDA FOR EARNHARDT…KEEP THE LEGEND ALIVE

    [...] It was Martha Stewart who visited Dale Earnhardt’s hometown of Kannapolis, North Carolina Thursday, not Oprah Winfrey as previously reported here. [...]

  137. Nick on
  138. Wow it is it is just terrible to see what money can buy now…. Some big shot came to our town and bought out LaBonte park (named after Bobby and Terry) and changed the name to make Corpus Christi “Cleaner”…

    Mr. Legg. Would you remove tribute to the 9/11 victims because mamipulator Muddock thinks Oprah would be offended. would you remove the memorial to fallen Veterans because Oprah would think it offensive. Mr. Legg, these memorials are placed because of the respect for those who gave to the community and proved their value to life and society in whole. It is a shame that you would stoop so low for a few $$$$ base on the assumption that muddock would grease your palms. Your a Judas to your community, religion, and to the High Esteem that your town holds for One of its Fallen Hero.
    I served in Viet Nam and am proud of it, and would never place myself as a dictator in greenback suits. God will dish out your just reward when you leasr expect it. Remember, you can be removed fromyour office by a peoples court held on your front door. Remember it is We The People who have the standing in the law, your just a man who can and should be removed from office for desicartion of a national and international Icon. I would pray for your soul, but you sold that for a few silver coins.

  139. Evelyn on
  140. I can not even think that you all would let this happen. Dale was a true hero, and anyone who would do something like this is a fool. The Earnhardts still live there what do you think you are going to do to them.Just because Dale is gone doesn’t give you all the right to tear down his name. I wasn’t awear of all that Dale did for you town until he was gone, but I can’t image that anyone would stand by and let this happen. Asheville,N.C.

  141. Jesse C on
  142. Makes me want to throw up

  143. B-Bro on
  144. I guess they don’t want to scare off the ‘large’ investor with anything that they may think is redneck or southern heritage if you catch my drift. Too bad ‘money’ plays the part in most all these types of decisions and the loser is the small town resident or in this case ‘the fans’ that loved and worshipped Mr. Earnhardt.

  145. Roger on
  146. I think you’re wrong for wanting to take down the dale signs, Dale Made this town of yours,if it wasn’t for Dale Sr. people probadly wouldn’t even know where you were located. Don’t take away what the man (Dale) built and made for your town,wthout him you would be nothing. Tell this guy from California to keep his low life ass in California and we in the south will stay where we are. Tell him you don’t need his dirty money.

    Last May my daughter and I went to my niece’s wedding in Atlanta, Georgia. We live in Pennsylvania and did not want to drive straight through. We choose Kannapolis to spend two nights because of the interesting things we saw on your web site. AMong them was the Dale Trail. We visited the Trail, some other garages, the monor league baseball field and even ate dinner at Punchey’s Diner. Do not eliminate the signes honoring one of your most famouse sons. That would be disrespectful to his legacy. Of all the towns we could have stopped at on our way home we would not have picked Kannopolis if it wasn’t for Dale Earnhardt.

  147. vern fordyce on
  148. I THINK IT’S A DAM SHAME WHEM A MAN WITH

    MONEY CAN TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO WHEN IT COMES TO ONE OF THERE OWN BORN HERO AND THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS BORN AND RAISED AS A CHILD AND LATER A MAN THAT WAS LOOKED UP TO FROM CHILDREN AS WELL AS ADULTS.WHO IN THE HELL DOES OPRAH THINK SHE IS ,SHOULD SHE BE GIVEN THIS WE THE NASCAR FAN’S DON’T THINK SO.I THINK THIS MAN SHOULD BE RUN OUT OF THE DAM STATE ALONG WITH OPRAH THANK YOU

  149. Tom from Michigan on
  150. I think this is a crying shame!! Everything these days is all about money and the “Golden Rule”…..He who has the money makes the rules. What ever happened to good old-fashioned respect! That jerk from California needs to come down off his fancy polo horse and realize what Dale Sr meant to the sport that we love so much! Dale’s death was a tragedy and was far too soon. NASCAR wouldn’t be anywhere near where it is today if it hadn’t been for Dale. The Kannapolis officials need to get their hands out of everyone else’s pockets and remember why people know and visit thier town! Nuff said!!!

  151. Dennis from Ohio on
  152. Why should some one with LOTS OF MONEY! from the state of California (that is not even NASCAR COUNTRY)ruin something that THE GREATEST NASCAR DRIVER has done for his home town.The city officials of Kannapolis should be thrown out of office.Sounds to me like some people are getting their pockets full of MONEY!!Leave up the banners and honor the MAN that made your town.Kannapolis would be nothing today if it were not for DALE EARNHARDT!!!!!!

  153. Lisa on
  154. No matter what any of us write will make much of a different. However, I do think it is disrespectful to his fans & to his memory. The whole conversion here has one question behind it, do we think we have enough in Dale Earnhardt memory? That is not the point to his fans & that is not what we are talking about. We are tryin’ to give something back to a man the meant so much to so many people, gave so much of himself as a result. His son is in the sport, everyone loves him now. I don’t agree with why they love him, but I understand. I heroically idolize his Dale Jr… for a toatally differnt reason (not for his looks either). Bottom line is no matter what happens, Dale Earnhardt will always be loved for his accomplishments but mostly for his ability to see & speak the truth. That’s how he’ll be remembered by my father & I.

  155. Kimberly on
  156. Please leave things as they are I am a true Nascar Fan I was and still am a Dale Ernhardt Fan but now I am also a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Fan Don’t change where they came from by taking down Earnhardt flags they belong there not Oprah Winfrey or Obamma.

  157. bobby sledge on
  158. i think ophra should look in the mirror and
    find out she is not a very good person. just
    cause she has money, she should not take it out
    on dale. he is much more a better person than
    she will every be……we love you dale and
    hope this mess can be worked out.

    go dale bobby

  159. BayLady on
  160. This is disgusting, my Winter getaway will not include Kannapolis, this year. I would not spend one more thin dime in that Town, if this is how they disrespect the Man and Family that put it on the Map.

    As for Oprah, she is a self-absorbed pain, who is completely out of touch with everyday people. Her show is on the way out, stats prove that, as well as her pathetic opinions, and influence! Oprah, and the Town Council need to understand that Money does not mean anything, when it comes to a True American Hero!

    The Towns People of Kannapolis need to stand up for the Earnhardts.

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

  161. beverly a on
  162. WE CAME TO YOUR TOWN ONLY FOR DALE E.SR
    SO YOU TAKE DOWN THE SIGNS AND THEY WILL NOT COME.WHAT ARE YOU GOInG TO DO PUT OPRAHs UP AND WHEN SHE IS GONE take them down tooo.
    you are not right!!!!!!!!!!!
    the E. FAMILY MADE THE TOWN WHAT IT IS TODAY.WHAT DONT YOU UNDERSTAND IN THAT!!!

  163. Patti on
  164. Hey – let the little guys have their banner.. the big guys can go some place else.. Dale SR and Dale Jr are super heros to young people in america – keep the town the way it is

  165. Arthur on
  166. We stop in Kannapolis every year on our way to Florida (or we used to) If this happens we and all of our friends will bypass Kannapolis and never stop there again. We will still visit DEI but will not spend anything other than what we spend there. City Manager Mike Legg is an IDIOT.

  167. linda on
  168. IT’S A DARN SHAME THEY ARE LETTING MONEY STAND IN THE WAY,OF WHO MADE THAT TOWN WHAT IT IS.I AM JUST SHOCKED.HOW COULD KANNAPOLIS,DO THIS TO DALE SR.AND HIS FAMILY.SOMEBODY ART TO PULL THE PLUG ON THE TOWN COUNCIL.THE EARNHARDT FANS.SHOULD STICK TOGETHER,FRIGHT THIS.THERE IS NO SINCE IN IT.IT MAKES ME SICK.JUST THINKING ABOUT IT.IT JUST ANT RIGHT.

  169. linda on
  170. I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY WOULD DO THAT TO THE EARNHARDT’S.I CAN’T BELIEVE TRESRA IS NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT.I USED TO WATCH OPRAH UNTIL I HEARD ABOUT THIS,AND NOW I DON’T WATCH HER ANY MORE.BECAUSE I LOVED DALE SR.MY HOLE FAMILY ARE EARNHARDT FANS.I BET THAT COUNCIL MAN WAS A SCHURSE AT CHRISTMAS.WHEN PEOPLE GET A LOT OF MONEY.THEY LET IT GO TO THERE HEADS.WELL I BETTER GET OFF HERE BEFORE I SAY SOMETHING .I’M NOT SUPPOSE.I#FAN OF THE MAN IN BLACK.

  171. Mike Dewey on
  172. This Mr muddruck cannot make a name for himself so he has to disgrace a HERO like
    Dale to get some reconigition for himself. He should take his money and pay somebody to dig his grave now, to throw it in because this stunt could cost it all for him.

  173. Kent on
  174. I CAN NOT BELIEVE YOU WANT TO TAKE THE EARNHARDT STUFF DOWN. I FOR ONE WANT COME BACK THERE IF YOU DO THIS AND IM SURE THEY WILL BE MANY MORE TO AGREE. THE EARNHARDTS MADE YOU LITTLE CITY AND NOW YOU WANT IT GONE. IF I WAS THEM ID MOVE. THEY MADE YOUR TOWN MILLIONS AND NOW YOU DONT RESPECT DALES FAMILY FOR IT. IM IN ALABAMA, 10 MINS FROM TALLADEGA AND WE WILL NEVER TAKE OUR 3 FLAGS DOWN NOR CHANGE OUR ROOMS. MY COMPUTER ROOM IS ALL 3 8 AND NOW 88. SO WHERE THEY GO I GO. TALLADEGA WILL ALWAYS BE DALEADEGA ALABAMA, THE HOUSE THAT EARNHARDTS BUILT. JUST LIKE YOUR LITTLE TOWN. IT WAS NOTHING JUST LIKE YOUR TOWN. NOW ITS RICH IN GLORY. THANK GOD AND DALE FOR THAT. SO THINK ABOUT THAT B4 YOU DO YOUR STUPID MOVE. YOU GOT THE TOWN WE GOT THE HOUSE OR TRACK THE EARNHARDTS BUILT AND ITS STAYING THAT WAY

  175. Cam on
  176. I’ve been a NASCAR fan sense my grandfather took me to a dirt track race when I was little. Why does the goverment always let people with more money than they have cense dictate what the people want.(He’s not a yankey, he’s from California!)This is AMERICA, not IRAK. Next he’ll say NASCAR is not a sport. What the hell!

  177. Jim on
  178. I guess I have made my last visit to Kannapolis. What a shame that we can remove an icon’s name with just the stroke of a pen. I have been a NASCAR fan since the late 50′s and an Earnhardt fan since his second year. Now a Junior fan. NASCAR has now forgotten us and a city that was built by a great NASCAR driver has not only forgotten us, but the man that put them on the map as well.

    So sad.

  179. Barbara on
  180. I didn’t even like Earnhart but I don’t think this is right.He had a lot of fans and they should be respected for them.

  181. Doowah on
  182. The reality of it is that these people think that NASCAR fans are just a bunch of ignorant, loud, smelly rednecks that spend all their time and money on beer and races. Maybe it’s time for a little image change for NASCAR fans. That is the only way that they will ever be considered to be worthy as fellow human beings. It’s really sad that people still judge others that way.

    you know that this guy from cali probably don’t know anything about nascar. This David murdock, needs to take his development back to cali, who wants to see martha stewart, she’s a has been. now back to the matter at hand. i’ve been an earnhardt fan as long i can remember, you don’t see them removing Cliffords, Davey Allisons, Alan Kulwicki,and along with all the others that has passed. that there memobilia stays up i think the town of kannapolis and Mr Legg’s needs to rethink this one over if it wasn’t for the eanhardts,! kannapolis, NC would not be on the map for the people to come to visit!!!! THANKS TO ALL YOU FANS OUT THERE!!! I SAY KEEP THE FLAGS UP! OR YOU COULD SEE SOME OF YOUR REVENUE GO DOWN. BUT I’M SURE that Mr Riches will come up with some bone head idea, he needs to go back to cali, come on kannapolis wake up!!!

  183. BEVERLY on
  184. IF IT WAS NOT FOR DALE E.NO ONE WOULD EVEN KNOW ABOUT THIS TOWN. !!!!!! .
    IT IS JUST NOT RIGHT WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
    YOU PUT THEM UP FOR DALE ,WHAT NOW YOU REMEMBERED HIM LONG ENOUTH NOW JUST FORGET ABOUT HIM. NO WAY NO ONE WILL!!!
    SO WHY ARE YOU TAKING THEM DOWN NOW???
    YOU PEOPLE ARE JUST NOT RIGHT.

  185. Lugnut(Ron) on
  186. Come on guys do the right thing give back to the man, that brought you the fans from all across the country to kannapolis. So; this murdock has alittle money, DALE made his from his roots but yet he never changed anything if he did he listened to his most adoring fans and give them what they wanted,not take it away!!!!i think if DALE was alive today this would not happen,not get off the subject but if he knew that it would benefit his town yes i said **** HIS TOWN **** HE MIGHT MAKE SOME TYPE OF AGREEMENT TO MAKE THAT HIS FANS DON’T REJECT THIS TYPE OF ACTIONS!!!! But i know DALE he would have compromised, one way or another BUT HE WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN FROM HIS FANS!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DALE!!!

  187. daleslady88 on
  188. who the heck does Oprah think she is just because she is a big name on tv dosnt give her the right to stick her nose in . if kannapolis dose that i think its RUDE and INCONSIDERATE and that city council man should be thrown out

  189. Jim Chalmers on
  190. For what the Earnhardt family has brought to the Town of Kannapolis, I can’t believe you would be putting the Earnhardt name away. Shameful.

  191. Alex on
  192. Honestly the Dale Earnhardt stuff is kinda trashy since we are trying to bring a positive and wealthy image to this city. I do think we should make an Dale Earnhardt/Earnhardt’s memorial like a museum in town. Near where Cannon Village/the mills once stood.

  193. Thelma on
  194. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF OPRA IS COMING OR THE PRESIDENT THERE IS NO GREATER STAR THAN DALE SR. TO REMOVE THE TRIBUTE TO DALE IS SINFUL, hAD IT NOT BEEN FOR HIM AND THE BUSINESS HE BROUGHT TO KANNAPOLIS, THERE WOULD PROBABL;Y BE JUST A SPOT ON A ROAD INSTEAD OF THE TOWN THAT IT IS NOW. SEND THE BUNCH——–BACK TO CALIFORNIA AND TELL THEM TO STAY THERE.

  195. Eddie Bowman on
  196. I can’t believe the people that live at Kannapolis would want that.Dale was a big part of that town and now they don’t want his name on the town.It should be called Dalesville instead of Kannapolis in my opinion.This is a complete shock to me.Long live Dale…………………..

  197. Sherri Tolley on
  198. Why would anyone put Ophra ahead of Dale????? Is that ever a slap in the face to the legend of the “Intimidator” and his family. What must they be thinking?? Shame, Shame!!!!!

  199. Debra Allison on
  200. I think that if anything needs to be taken down or changed so a convicted criminal can come to town, The city has bigger problems. those officials should be replaced with people who care about the city they represent.

  201. Stratos*man on
  202. Will you people please get the facts before you start all you whining and crying. The flags are worn out and tattered. In fact they look like crap and if the OLD MAN was still around, he probably would have thrown them all away a long time before now. The man you guys are all hatin on from the left coast has actually donated more than 200,000 dollars to preserve your precious legacy. Quit being boneheads and beleiving everything you read . Typical Earnhardt fans, always running your mouths faster than your brains think. I always liked the OLD MAN, but oh those ignorant fans and latecomers to the sport. Now you’ve just switched to JR and it is so sad, as he has absolutely no skill behind the wheel.

  203. jw hope on
  204. The city mgr. is a “paid for” wimp If it wasn’ for the Earnhardt’s, he would not even have a job. He should be promoted to the sanitation dept. as manure collector.

  205. Becky Phillips on
  206. IDIOTS! Dale made that town. What a shame.

    Someone said the flags “look like crap”, well then, replace them with new ones.

  207. Matt on
  208. Mr.Murdock is probably a Jeremy Mayfield fan! ROFL

  209. Dale Earnhardt Sr on
  210. Well what can I say, Teresa let me down and so will Kannapolis. The city officials are just another bunch of A……s, just like we have in Washington now.

  211. E.E. "Smokey" Wright on
  212. He’s a ledgend. He’s what made this town what it is today!!!!!!!!!!

  213. Mark Vallely on
  214. Murdock and Obama are the biggest disgraces in our country today. Leave Earnhardt and God alone, they made our country great and what it is today. Not Obama’s pea brain and Murdocks little wallet. Get your own fame Murdock! Me and my family won’t come back till the flags are up again. Martha, Murdock and Obama all are croocks and are attention starved little babies that are holding a grudge. MJV

  215. dy on
  216. Give me a break! Kannapolis was not even a city or on the map until the Earnhardts! How assinine! Some of you mentioned Oprah but I thought it was Martha jail bird stewart. Either way, which ever ‘visits’ did not make Kannapolis or Nascar racing. Each town has a local ‘hero’ with street signs etc. Why should this be any different? You cant go to any town/state without a MLK blvd/road/lane. Presidents of course have things named for them in towns, golfers/baseball players etc. grrrrrrr my blood pressure is just getting higher even more as I type. This is HIS town. Just like Mt Airy, is Andy Griffiths town. This goes on to rappers/actors etc. But the worse part Marth Stewart? Give me a break. She is an insult to female biz women every where regardless of her followers and the $$ she makes, she was a theif and a jail bird!!!

  217. Tami on
  218. I came to this city because of Earnhardt that not a good thing to do to him it sounds like city office people need to stand up to this guy no matter how much money he has one day he will die to I dont know anything he did to make this town be happy Hes a nobody that needs to stay that way

  219. troy on
  220. i cant not see why they are doing this there is more people come and see dales home then anything the rich man wants to put in there y dont u change the name 2 because no body will come there now it will be a ghost town

  221. tcbpat88 on
  222. To Mike Legg..Lets just say this….Every thing that has DEI on it MOVE’S out of Kannapolis NC.”EVERYTHING” How much money do you think we are talking about? EVERY YEAR,MONTH,DAY..just try and add that up. Fans stop coming..no tax dollars..maybe MILLIONS..or more GONE! TRY just TRY to put this in your brain,shop’s close,job’s gone.
    We as fans of one of the greatest race car drivers of all time can make this happen..and will! Dale Sr. did many things for Kannapolis.. in his life and more in his death. Kannapolis needs to show there respect.so do you!
    A few sign’s are not that much to ask for. LEAVE THINGS ALONE LET THEM STAY !!!!

  223. MELISSA AND STACY on
  224. ALL I KNOW IS THAT DALE PUT THIS CITY ON THE MAP AND HOW DARE THEY DO THIS TO DALE AND HIS FAMILY,FREINDS AND HIS MILLIONS OF FANS WHO BRING THEIR TOURIST DOLLARS TO AREA SHOPS AND SUCH AND THEY ALL GO TO SEE THE DALE TRAIL AND IF YOU GET RID OF IT NOBODY WILL COME TO SPEND MONEY AND BRING THEIR FAMILY AND FREINDS TO KANNAPOLIS NC AND LET MR TRUMP WANNABE KEEP HIS A– WHERE HE BELONGS AND LEAVE DALE ALONE
    FROM ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF EARNHARDT FANS
    THAT WILL ALWAYS DO EVERYTHING SHE CAN
    TO PERSONIFY THE EARNHARDT NAME
    MELISSA,STACY,SABRINA &KATELYN R

  225. JESSE& FANNIE on
  226. me and my husband jesse has visited kannapolis many times and have always enjoyed the way they have remembered our hero mr dale earnhardt the museum the statue and yes we really liked the dale trail we thought they really cared about dale his memory and mrs earnhardt and the rest of the earnhardt family that has brought a many of tourist dollar to their city but now they smell a new scent and with it comes martha stewart and they want to forget their true history forget the earnhardt
    family out with the old in with the new and she is only a visitor whom never done one thing for the city …me and my family never knew there was even a city by the name of kannapolis until dale well i guess now there not be a kannapolis to us even though we cherish our memories there but without dale there is no kannapolis

  227. Bob on
  228. What about the towel factory, man! Even the Earnhardts worked at the towel factory! Lintheads were around before the Earnhardts… that is what Kannapolis is famous for most. Towels! I know that is why I am making my vacation trip from Pittsburgh to Kannapolis this summer, the Cannon towel factory. Then the Dale Trail. Gotta’ love those towels…

  229. Richard Curtis on
  230. I think that you should realize how much money comes into your town because of Dale.

  231. sean on
  232. Why people with money think they can just walts in a town and start change things that be up 2 the people of NORTH CAROLINA if it wasn’t 4 Earnhardt nascar would suck “IF THEY CHANGE THE SIGN I THINK THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA KEEP TAKING THE NEW 1 DOWN”….OR PAINT OVER IT.

  233. Patty Modale on
  234. Are you kidding me? I am not nor was i ever a fan of the #3 but he is a legend and that is HIS town. You want to impress WHO? Show her this town has honor and loyality for a gone-but-not-forgotten man, not money lined pockets of SNOB..better yet paint signs with stencil’s of her INMATE # and impress the people of N.C….and VA. cause we all couldn’t give a damn about HER visiting our town…………..BOO, BOO, BOO. Can’t believe i took time from the race to have to read this kind of crap….

  235. jeff on
  236. IF YOU REMOVE THINGS THAT REMINDS US OF THE GREAT DALE EANHARDT,THE EARNHARDT FANS WILL GET DRUNK AND DESTROY ANYTHING THAT HAS MURDOCK ON IT.YOU BETTER COME TO A BETTER IDEA ABOUT THIS

  237. Doug on
  238. You all in Kannaplois are nothing without Dale Earnhardt. If i were part of the Earnhardt family i would take all that dale is associated with and who all he emplys and move the hell outta there……then you can all rely on mr leggs money…..

  239. Lee on
  240. To Mike Legg , City Manager Of Kannapolis NC.
    Mr. Legg:
    Myself and three friends will be flying into your state from western Canada on Oct 10/2011 to take in the 5th race of the chase.We will be going on some tours in the fine state of NC which will include a stop in your town as well as Mooresville not to mention others.. If it were not for Dale Earnhardt and the Earnhardt family your town would not even be on the list of places to see.Maybe that don’t mean much to you but I can assure you that some of our hard earned money will be spent in you town and I’m sure that we are not the only ones that feel this way.Now I / we will really take into account how many tourism dollars we will be spending in your town.Take some time to think your decision through , really what would Kannapolis be without the Earnhardt name.But then again our tourism dollars can’t compare to David Murdock and his billions now can they.

  241. HomeDude on
  242. OK. First of all, this had absolutely NOTHING to do with Oprah Winfrey. Please direct your bigoted hatred elsewhere! Obama had even less to do with the removal of these weathered, torn, beaten, raggedy flags attached to every light pole in town. They definitely needed to be removed, wether replaced or not.

    I am a native of Kannapolis and have lived here for the better part of the last 50 years. I know Earnhardt was “the greatest” NASCAR driver ever. I know that Raph was pretty good and Jr. has shown flashes of greatness in the sport. Other than the fact that Dale and Ralph were born and lived in Kannapolis, I know of nothing either has actually “done” for the city. I know of no major contributions, financially nor otherwise from the Earnhardts. The Earnhardts were big time bootleggers for many years!

    Surel there is tourism associated with the name Earnhardt, but it’s no where near the millions of dollars proclaimed in the above posts. I ride by the memorial statue/park many times a week. There are never throngs of folk visiting. There are small crowds during race week.

    The city of Kannapolis would bend over backwards to make a buck off the Earnhardts, however they are completely stifled by Teresa.

    Actually all of you should vent your bigoted hatred towards her. She is more responsible for the limited exposure of the Dale, Sr. in his hometown of Kannapolis than anyone else!

    Peace!

  243. al on
  244. yeah man them towels are the most awesome espessially that # 3 towel

  245. al on
  246. Well after reading the hundreds of responses to this it is sad to think that Kanapolis is going to sell out the family that made them a household name because they think they can make more money from something else. What would the harm be in leaving the Dale trail banners up or replace them. I thought they were very nice looking and helpfull when my wife and I took the tour through Kanapolis. The Earnhardt family must feel quite betrayed by the town they spent there entire lives in..(well Martha anyway). Yes it was nice that the millionaire put up the money for the plaza and statue, I was very impressed by the entire thing and the way it was blended into the town, but really think it is very disrespectfull to want to completely take the banners down, esspecially for the reason that is being given

  247. Mavis on
  248. I don’t know how big Kannapolis is but I would never have heard of it if it wasn’t for the Earnhardts. Take that away and you may be back to nothing even if Dale Jr and Martha Earnhardt still live there. It’s a shame that someone’s money can take away something as insteresting as the Earnhardt Trail etc,

    MIKE lEGG YOU ARE A WIMP. TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE BOUGHT OUT BY A COMPANY WHO COMES INTO YOUR TOWN. I HOPE HE BOOTS YOU OUT IF HE IS THAT POWERFUL. ANY TOWN OR CITY THAT HAS HAD SOMEONE FROM THEIR TOWN WHO HAS MADE AN INFLUENCE ON THE AREA SHOULD NEVER BE IGNORED.

  249. chris on
  250. II yhink this is a bunch of bs..fat oprah and this other a$$hole are going to be in this town how many times a year ? the earnhardt family and legacy are what this town is all about..if the banners were torn and the city councel couldn’t afford new ones i am sure if they sent out an email asking fans for a $1.00 donation they could have rebuilt the town with the responces…as earnhardt fans we can’t let this happen…oprah get out of town !!!!!!!!!!!

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  253. Plummer on
  254. I am playing Devils advocate.First big Earnhart fan.But the family didn’t donate want or be affiliated with the memorializing of Dale Sr. In Kannapolis.It was like swimming up stream they wanted Nothing to do with it.So that said unless Jr. Is going to see grandmother he stays in Iredell co.where he grew up.It was Daddy home town even if junior does list Kannapolis ..Earnhart is not the only thing this town is about and the family doesn’t claim us.It is still his home town but not all we are about.Just a point.

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