Dale Earnhardt Interview - Post Race 1997 Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt's interview after the wild crash he had in the closing laps. The actual hood off of this car was sold at auction on the GoMotorBids website (see our youtube channel for the video featuring just the hood). If you're an Earnhardt fan or collector, be sure to check GoMotorBids for some of the most unique and sought after Dale Earnhardt collectibles and memorabilia available. Plus lots of great deals on diecast cars and other automobilia!
Dale Earnhardt Daytona 500 Victory
Arguably the most talented driver in the history of NASCAR Cup Series
racing, Dale Earnhardt won his seventh series championship in 1994. He is
the only driver in NASCAR's history to win the rookie of the year award
(1979) and the series championship (1980) in successive seasons.
Earnhardt's hard-driving style earned him 76 series wins, $41,538,362 in
career winnings and 25,706 laps led. He is the all-time race winner at
Daytona International Speedway, with 29 wins in three different divisions.
His emotional 1998 victory in the Daytona 500 came after years of late-race
heartbreaks that kept him out of Victory Lane in the season-opening race.
Earnhardt is a five-time winner of the National Motorsports Press
Association's Driver of the Year award (1980, '87, '90, '94, '86 --
co-winner with Tim Richmond). He is also a two time winner of the American
Driver of the Year award (1987, '94). Dale Earnhardt tragically died in a
last-lap wreck in the 2001 Daytona 500.
2000 Cracker Barrel 500: Dallenbach wrecks; Earnhardt angry
Wally Dallenbach finds the wall for the second time on lap 212, bringing
out the day's sixth caution period and putting the #75 car behind the wall
for good. Meanwhile, the yellow flag gives Dale Earnhardt an opportunity to
show his displeasure with teammate Mike Skinner about the hard racing that
took place on the preceding restart...
Hate him all ya want. Still a human beeing doing what he loved!
Please show more respect?
And he died of a basilar skull fracture.
He cracked the base of the skull leaking cerebral fluid. That alone isn't
an instant kill, but he also broke his neck in addition, so . . .
Use seatbelts! and HANS devices
2005 Daytona 500 - Final laps
Final laps of 2005 Daytona 500
Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Jr., Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson battle
for the win
Please Remember Me!
THANKS FOR WATCHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MADE 100% BY ME!!!!!
TO OUR FAMILY...DALE IS A HERO!
Always a media favorite, in the weeks before the 2001 Daytona 500,
Earnhardt stirred up controversy by skipping the annual fan and media
preview event, drawing criticism from fellow driver Jimmy Spencer.
Despite the early start, Speedweeks was a disappointment for Earnhardt, who
had a long-running tradition of winning at least one race during the
two-week season kick-off. Earnhardt finished second to Tony Stewart in the
Budweiser Shootout. He was also denied victory in the Gatorade Twin 125
qualifying race in which he participated. Earnhardt had won every Twin 125
event he competed in during the 1990s, and was in 3rd place on the final
lap in 2001 when Sterling Marlin pulled off a slingshot pass going down the
Taking it in stride, Earnhardt appeared relaxed and confident in television
interviews on the morning of the 2001 Daytona 500. When the Daytona 500
started, Earnhardt showed early promise, leading the race and running up
front for most of the event.
A multi-car wreck late in the race eliminated several cars in spectacular
fashion. Tony Stewart, who had beaten Earnhardt in the Budweiser Shootout,
found his car tumbling wildly down the backstretch. As it tumbled,
Earnhardt managed to weave his way through wrecked cars and come out
unscathed. The race was stalled to facilitate cleanup of the track, and
when the race resumed, it was Earnhardt and DEI drivers Earnhardt Jr. and
Michael Waltrip who were running up front. As the laps wound down, Waltrip
was leading Earnhardt Jr. and Earnhardt.
On the front stretch coming to 3 laps to go, Sterling Marlin made contact
with Earnhardt's left rear fender. Earnhardt's car wiggled but Dale kept
control and he remained in third position. Marlin was known for having a
fast car throughout the race, and Earnhardt repeatedly blocked his attempts
at passing during the last few laps. With less than two laps remaining,
Darrell Waltrip commented that "Sterling has beat the front end off of that
old Dodge (Marlin's car) trying to get around Dale (Earnhardt)".
Heading into Turn 3 on the last lap, Earnhardt was racing three wide with
Marlin to his left and Schrader to his right. In the corner, Earnhardt's
left rear fender made slight contact with Marlin's front bumper.
Dale Earnhardt's crash in Turn 4 during the 2001 Daytona 500 Earnhardts car
slid off the track's steep banking, onto the flat apron, and then turned
sharply up the track toward the outside retaining wall. As the #3 car came
up the track it collided with the #36 Pontiac driven by Ken Schrader.
Schrader's car hit Earnhardt's car just behind the passenger door, causing
both cars to run nose-first into the wall. Earnhardt's #3 hit at a critical
angle at nearly 150 miles per hour. The right-rear wheel assembly broke off
the car on impact. The hood pins severed and the hood flapped open,
slamming against the windshield as the car slid slowly down the track. To
most observers, the crash looked minor, and certainly not as dramatic as
his famous 1996 wreck at Talladega, when Earnhardt's car was pelted several
times in the roof and windshield as it rolled across the track.
While Michael Waltrip raced toward the checkered flag to claim his first
victory, with Earnhardt Jr. close behind, the cars of Earnhardt and
Schrader slid off the track's asphalt banking toward the infield grass just
inside of turn four. After climbing from his car, Schrader peered into
Earnhardt's car, only to jump back and signal for EMTs. As medical crews
converged upon the crash scene, NASCAR on FOX reporter Jeanne Zelasko asked
Schrader about Earnhardt's condition. "I'm not a doctor, but I got the heck
out of the way as soon as they got there," Schrader said solemnly.
Earnhardt was taken to Halifax Medical Center by ambulance after being
removed from his car. Hours later, at a press conference, NASCAR President
Mike Helton made the formal announcement to the world saying, "Undoubtedly
this is one of the toughest announcements I've personally had to make.
After the accident in Turn 4 at the end of the Daytona 500, we've lost Dale
I DO NOT OWN PICTURES!
I DO NOT OWN SONG!
I DON'T OWN ANYTHING!!!!
Dale Earnhardt's 1997 Daytona 500 Crash Car Hood To Be Sold
NASCAR collector Charles Ross has decided to part with his incredible
collection of racing memorabilia, and in this video he talks about one of
the items being sold.
This could potentially be the "Holy Grail" of all Dale Earnhardt
collectibles. This is the ACTUAL hood from Earnhardt's 1997 Daytona 500
"Crash Car" Monte Carlo, which has been PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by Richard
Childress and (then) crew chief Larry McReynolds.
The story of Earnhardt's 1997 Daytona "Crash Car" is one that truly
personifies who Earnhardt was as a person and a racer: tough and
determined. He never gave up - no matter how much the deck was stacked
After running with the leaders the entire race, Earnhardt had maneuvered
his way into second place with only ten laps to go. He was racing hard with
Jeff Gordon down the back straightaway when Gordon made a move to pass,
taking the air off Earnhardt's spoiler. As he did so, Earnhardt got loose
and slightly touched the wall. He quickly tried to recover, but Dale
Jarrett had run up on him quickly, leaving no downforce on the #3 Monte
Carlo's rear end (a slight tap may have been involved), and Earnhardt went
into a slide.
At almost 200 mph the car flipped onto its roof and skidded down the track.
Amazingly, after contact with another car then the outside wall, the car
somehow wound up on its wheels and slid into the infield. Earnhardt was
being escorted to the ambulance when he realized that the car could be
"I looked back over and said, 'Man, the wheels ain't knocked off the car
yet,'" Earnhardt said. "So I went back over and told the guy in the car to
fire it up. He hit the switch and it fired. I said, 'Give me my car back!'"
With hundreds of thousands of fans going wild, The Intimidator refused
medical attention, climbed back into his wounded race car and went on to
finish the race five laps down in 31st place.
This hood was displayed at Richard Childress Racing (RCR) before being
purchased by private collector Charles Ross. It includes a Certificate of
Authenticity from RCR. You've seen the replay of the Crash Car many times
on highlight reels and tribute films and now you have the
once-in-a-lifetime chance to add a piece of this car, one of Earnhardt's
most legendary machines, to your own collection!
Ross has partnered with the well-known automobilia auction website
GoMotorBids.com to sell his massive array of memorabilia and Diecast
collectibles. You can get more information about this item (plus thousands
more) by visiting GoMotorBids.com.
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