Fifteen Years Today

Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt, Sr., one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, died fifteen years ago today.

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr., known as The Intimidator for his aggressive racing style, died 15 years ago today on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Earnhardt, 49, died when his car slammed into a wall on the final lap of the race. An autopsy determined he died of a basal skull fracture.

Kyle was just a month old at the time, and he watched the race with me from his Dale Earnhardt bouncy seat. I saw the wreck and figured Dale was okay, because the crash looked minor. I took a nap afterward because I had to work the overnight shift, and when Mrs. Earp woke me up, she told me Dale died. I couldn’t believe it. It was a tremendous loss to NASCAR and the racing community as a whole.

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was truly one of the greats, and he is still missed by many NASCAR fans.