How did dale earnhardt sr. die?
is it true he died in a race?
Feb 18 2001, on the last lap, last turn of the Daytona 500, with 2 cars that he owned the 15 with Mike Waltrip and the 8 of Dale Jr leading the race, Dale at the time was running around 3 to 5th, really kinda blocking cars from getting up to Jr and Mike, Sterling Marlin came up on the inside and they touched sending Dale into a spin, Ken Shrader driving the 36 M & M car got into Dale also putting the car in a more of a head on toward the wall. As Mike crossed the line in first and Dale Jr 2nd, cars were spinning behind them.
Dale died on impact with the wall. The # 3 and the # 36 came to rest on the inside of the track, Shrader poped out of his car to go check on his buddy Dale and you could tell that something was wrong, when they interviewed Kenny, you could tell something was wrong. The ambulance carried Dale out of the track with the lights not going on top. You knew something was wrong. Later that evening, Mike Helton told the Nascar world of what happend. It was shocking. While the # 3 transporter made its way from Daytona back to Charlotte, not one car passed him to the outside, every car, truck, motorcycle stayed in a line behind him, it still gives me chill bumps just thinking about it.
That day, even most fans were saddend by the accident, Earnhart fans were devistated. I felt like I lost a family member, I had been following Dales career at that point for exactly 11 years to the race, not the date.
The following week, Steve Park won one of the most memorable races in Nascar history. Jr crashed his car almost in the same manner that Dale Sr did, it was really freaky. In the 3rd race of Kevin (4th race of the season) since taking the wheel of the 3 car which is now know as the 29, Kevin beat Gordon to the line in the same manner that Dale beat Bobby L to the line the previous year. It was really freaky. On the first race back at Daytona since Dales death, Jr won the race back to the checkerd flag.
Dale Earnhardt to the day is still very missed by what is now dubbed as the Earnhardt Nation.
He will be Forever the Man, We will be Forever the Fans.
car accident while racing
Yes. He died in a crash on the final turn of the 2001 Daytona 500.
Yes he ran into the wall.
He died on the last lap of the Daytona 500, February 18,2001. Michael Waltrip and Dale Jr (both of DEI cars) finished 1st & 2nd. Dale Sr was in 3rd, blocking other cars, when another car bumped his and sent him into the wall.
Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash during the 2001 Daytona 500, the fourth NASCAR driver to die in the nine months prior, the first being Adam Petty in May 2000.
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