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Jeri said: Ok, I admit I have ALWAYS been a Dale Jr. fan. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. S death, earnhardt jr. In #1 the writer (jonathan adams) says that dale sr was immediately. & Wife Already Have A Name For Their Future Child: Will It Be Dale III? Dale Earnhardt Jr. & his wife Amy aren’t even expecting yet, but they apparently have babies on the brain! Apparently the tradition of keeping the name Dale in the family ends with Dale Earnhardt Jr., 42!.
In fact I was thrilled when I was awarded the Pocono Raceway Certificate of Appreciation in Aug because Dale had just swept the race and the celebrations were on. Yet, during all this time Dale kept a secret. A pain that was unbearable to hide. He didn't even tell those closest to him that he was suffering in silence. The journal chronicles his symptoms in specific detail which helps readers which provides much needed insight into the complications he endured daily.
Dale had a nickname and Hammerhead son of Ironhead grandson of Ironheart had one wish and that was to make sure those who needed help for concussions would receive it and thanks to his authenticity and much appreciated openness which is hard for men he allowed us a glimpse into his world and that glimpse may just be enough to save a life. I'll never forget seeing Dale during that time of turmoil and questioning his decision to get back into the racecar especially having lost his father tragically in Daytona.
I worried like we all did about his health and safety and in fact it didn't occur to me about the safety of the drivers until I read it in Racing To The Finish. I had hoped he knew his fans would always be his fans no matter his decision and hoped the pressure would not be so great as to risk his own health to please the fans or the racing community.
But by lapEarnhardt had taken the lead and thanks to a push by teammate Mike Skinnerhe maintained it. Earnhardt made it to the caution-checkered flag before Bobby Labonte.
Afterwards, there was a large show of respect for Earnhardt, in which every crew member of every team lined pit road to shake his hand as he made his way to victory lane. Earnhardt then drove his No. He spun the car twice, throwing grass and leaving tire tracks in the shape of a No. He then spoke about the victory, saying, "I have had a lot of great fans and people behind me all through the years and I just can't thank them enough. The Daytona is ours. We won it, we won it, we won it!
Despite that, he did almost pull off a Daytona sweep, where he was one of the contenders for the win in the first nighttime Pepsibut a pit stop late in the race in which a rogue tire cost him the race win. He slipped to 12th in the point standings halfway through the season, and Richard Childress decided to make a crew chief change, taking Mike Skinner 's crew chief Kevin Hamlin and putting him with Earnhardt while giving Skinner Larry McReynolds Earnhardt's crew chief.
Earnhardt finished eighth in the final standings. Earnhardt swept both races for the year at Talladega, leading some to conclude that his talent had become limited to the restrictor plate tracks, which require a unique skill set and an exceptionally powerful racecar to win. But halfway through the year, Earnhardt began to show some of the old spark. In the August race at Michigan, he led laps late in the race and nearly pulled off his first win on a non-restrictor-plate track since At the Bristol night raceEarnhardt found himself in contention to win his first short track race since Martinsville in When a caution came out with 15 laps to go, leader Terry Labonte got hit from behind by the lapped car of Darrell Waltrip.
His spin put Earnhardt in the lead with five cars between him and Labonte with 5 laps to go. Labonte had four fresh tires, and Earnhardt was driving on old tires, which made Earnhardt's car considerably slower. Labonte caught Earnhardt and passed him coming to the white flagbut Earnhardt drove hard into turn two, bumping Labonte and spinning him around. Earnhardt collected the win while spectators booed and made obscene gestures. He finished seventh in the standings that year.
Coincidentally, this position on a load crew is known unofficially as "Jammer Driver" or officially as Number 3 man. In the season, Earnhardt had a resurgence, which was commonly attributed to neck surgery he underwent to correct a lingering injury from his Talladega crash.
He scored what were considered the two most exciting wins of the year—winning by 0. Earnhardt also had second-place runs at Richmond and Martinsville, tracks where he had struggled through the late s.
On the strength of those performances, Earnhardt got to second in the standings. However, poor performances at the road course of Watkins Glen, where he wrecked coming out of the chicanea wreck with Kenny Irwin Jr. Death The final-lap crash that took Earnhardt's life.
He and Ken Schrader No. During the Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 18,Earnhardt was killed in a three-car crash on the final lap of the race. He collided with Ken Schrader after making small contact with Sterling Marlin and hit the outside wall head-on.
Earnhardt's and Schrader's cars both slid off the track's asphalt banking into the infield grass just inside of turn 4. The allegations of seatbelt failure resulted in Bill Simpson 's resignation from the company bearing his name, which manufactured the seatbelts used in Earnhardt's car and nearly every other NASCAR driver's car.
After driver Sterling Marlin and his relatives received hate mail and death threats from angry fans, Waltrip and Earnhardt Jr. Richard Childress made a public pledge that the number 3 would never again adorn the side of a black race car with a GM Goodwrench sponsorship. No stone could break it. Special pennants bearing the No.
Harvick's car always displayed the Earnhardt stylized number 3 on the "B" posts metal portion on each side of the car to the rear of the front windows above the number 29 until the end ofwhen he departed for Stewart-Haas Racing. Fans began honoring Earnhardt by holding three fingers aloft on the third lap of every race, a black screen of No. On-track incidents brought out the caution flag on the third lap. Three weeks after Earnhardt's death, Harvick, driving a car that had been prepared for Earnhardt, scored his first career Cup win at Atlanta.
The win was also considered cathartic for a sport whose epicenter had been ripped away. Earnhardt's remains were interred at his estate in Mooresville after a private funeral service on February 21, Although he had other sponsors during his career, his No.
The black and red No. A common misconception is that Richard Childress Racing "owns the rights" to the No. RCR owns the stylized No. The Dale Earnhardt Storywhich used a new but similarly colored No. The movie was a sympathetic portrayal of Earnhardt's life, but the producers were sued for using the No. He also raced a No. In a green-white- checker finish he outran Joey Logano to win his second race in the No. Dillon began driving in the Nationwide Series full-time, using the No. Richard Childress Racing entered a No.
At Fontana, Earnhardt started mid-pack and after a couple of mistakes including a lengthy pit stop caused by missed lug nuts on a right rear tire, he came home in 2nd-place finish, assuming the points lead as a result of Brad Keselowski going off pace and falling back. Two weeks later in Martinsville, Earnhardt struggled throughout the race, and spun out after Danica Patrick was hit by Brian Vickers and sent into Earnhardt and ended up finishing 24th, 2 laps down, losing the points lead to Jimmie Johnson.
At Kansas, he ran near the front until a debris caution happened while he, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Earnhardt would go a lap down, take the wave-around, and finish 16th. At Richmond, he finished 10th.
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At Talladega, he went a lap down early after some banging with Joe Nemechek. However, with a caution for a crash on lap 43, Earnhardt got the free pass to get back on the lead lap. He made his way back up through the field to the Top 5, but slipped back to 17th at the end.
The following week at Darlington, Earnhardt raced inside the Top 10 much of the night before settling for a 9th-place finish.
He was one of only a few cars who were able to avoid being put a lap down by Kyle Busch. The following week in the Sprint All-Star Race, Earnhardt battled a tight handling car much of that night before finishing 7th. The following week for the Coca-ColaEarnhardt lost an engine and finished 39th, giving him his first DNF since The next two weeks saw a rebound, with finishes of 10th at Dover and 3rd at Pocono.
At the Quicken LoansEarnhardt led 23 laps but suffered an engine failure, and finished 37th in what was the lowest point of the season for the Hendrick Motorsports teams as a whole Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon both had DNFs due to crashes, and Jimmie Johnson cut a tire with 5 laps to go.
At Kentucky, Earnhardt won the pole and set a new track qualifying speed record with lap time of However, while Earnhardt was leading after the restart from a competition caution due to a rain delayDenny Hamlin cut a tire and the carcass came up the track and was struck by Earnhardt's splitter and also by Jimmie Johnson 's car, causing significant damage.
Earnhardt had to make several charges through the field to salvage a 12th-place finish. He then took an 8th-place finish at the Coke Zero Earnhardt then battled a struggling car at New Hampshire, where he finished 14th. After the final off week, he found some consistency with finishes of 6th at Indianapolis and 5th at Pocono, while battling loose wheels and vibrations in a span of two weeks. The next week, Earnhardt blew a right front tire while running in the Top The damage was enough that he finished 26 laps down, in 36th place.
This evaporated his Chase cushion, but with finishes of 10th at Bristol and 8th at Atlanta, he was able to rebuild this cushion. At Richmond, the last race of the regular season, Earnhardt only needed to finish 32nd or better to make the Chase. A 13th-place finish did this, and he entered the Chase seeded in ninth place.
This was the first time in Earnhardt's career that he had made three straight Chase appearances. In the first Chase race at Chicagoland SpeedwayEarnhardt suffered an engine failure, placing him last in Chase competition.
He bounced back at New Hampshire Motor Speedwayleading 17 laps and finishing 6th. The result was good enough to move Earnhardt up to 11th in Chase for the Sprint Cup standings with eight races left in the season.
At Dover, Earnhardt won his second pole of the season, setting a new qualifying speed record of This was the first time since that he had recorded more than one pole during a season. During the race, Earnhardt would lead 80 laps, but would finish 2nd to Jimmie Johnson. The following week at Kansas, he finished 8th. Making his th Cup start at Charlotte, Earnhardt led 19 laps early, but finished 15th while battling a tight race car. The following week at Martinville, Earnhardt earned an 8th-place finish.
The next week at Texas, he had a solid night, finishing 2nd to Johnson for the third time in the season after Daytona and Dover. The next week at Phoenix, Earnhardt started by being forced to pit with a loose wheel early, putting him a lap down. However, a caution allowed him to use the free pass to get back on the lead lap and salvage a 4th-place finish. At the season finale, the last 67 laps saw a tight battle for the lead between Earnhardt; Matt Kenseth ; and Denny Hamlin. Hamlin won while Earnhardt finished 3rd, giving him his first Top 5 at Homestead.
He finished off the season 5th in the points, with two pole positions, ten Top 5s, and a career-high 22 Top 10 finishes. Earnhardt and Letarte reassured that this move would not interfere from them winning races and competing for the championship at season's end.
In the Sprint UnlimitedEarnhardt led for 7 laps, but in the last segment, contact with Marcos Ambrose caused him to hit the wall in turn 1, finishing 9th. In the first Budweiser DuelEarnhardt started 4th, and led 14 laps, before fading back to finish where he started. In the DaytonaEarnhardt started 9th.
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His car hung around mid-pack for most of the first quarter of the race. After a six-hour and minute red flag, Earnhardt's car came alive, taking the lead with 70 laps remaining. He led 54 of the last 70 laps and he held off Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski to win his second Daytonajust 10 years after his first one.
At Las Vegas, Earnhardt gambled on fuel in the remaining 40 laps, but he ran out of gas while leading on the last lap, finishing 2nd to eventual race winner Brad Keselowski.
At Bristol, he was strong early, and had a chance to become the first driver since Richard Petty to start a season with four straight Top 2 finishes, until tire problems forced him to make an unscheduled stop, leaving him to finish 24th, four laps down. At Auto Club Speedway, Earnhardt started 15th. However, on lap 44, his car lost a right front tire and hit the outside wall in turn 2, bringing out a caution, making him one of several victims of tire failures that plagued the race.
After being repaired and falling to the back of the lead lap, Earnhardt made several charges through the field to salvage a 12th-place finish, keeping him at 2nd place in the points. The following week at Martinsville, Earnhardt battled inside the Top 5 all day, leading 25 laps, and finished 3rd, giving him his 4th Top 3 finish of the season, and regained the points lead.
At Texas, he crashed on Lap 13 and caught on fire. He finished last and fell 5 positions in points and dropped to 31 points behind new points leader Jeff Gordon.
The following week at Darlington, Earnhardt raced among the Top 5 all night, and was leading on a green-white-checkered finish, before finishing 2nd to Kevin Harvick. At Richmond, after the Easter off week, Earnhardt was strong in the race, racing among the Top 3 late, and led 7 laps, but a green-white-checkered, and bad brakes forced Earnhardt to a 7th-place finish.
The following week at Talladega, Earnhardt raced among the pack until the middle of the race, when he took the lead. He led for 26 laps, but the last 30 laps saw the car take a conservative pace, and was never able to regain any track position, and finished 26th.
At Kansas, for the first night race at the track, Earnhardt ran solidly in the Top 5, even leading a few laps, before finishing 5th. For the Sprint All-Star Race, Earnhardt started 6th, but battled a tight car all night, and was never a real contender.
Earnhardt crossed the finish line 4th. The following week at the Coca-Colahe raced inside the Top 5 for most of the night, before making an unscheduled pit stop for an engine vibration. This resulted in a 19th-place finish, only two laps down. The following week at Dover, Earnhardt raced inside the Top 10 all day, and was running in the Top 5 late, but a mistake on pit road left them with a 9th-place finish.
At Pocono, Earnhardt started eighth and stayed inside the Top 10 most of the afternoon. On the last restart, he was behind Brad Keselowski. In a reversal of the events at Las Vegas, with 5 laps to go, Keselowski tried to move behind the lap down car of Danica Patrick to get a piece of trash off his grille, which caused Earnhardt to slip by and never look back en route to his first victory at Pocono and second of the season.
The win marked the first time since that he had won multiple races in a season. The next week at Michigan, Earnhardt started inside the Top 5, but finished 7th, after several cars had different pit strategies. The next week at Sonoma, saw Earnhardt have his statistical best road course finish, staying in the top ten for most of the race, and finished 3rd.
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The following week at Kentucky, Earnhardt finished 5th. Returning to Daytona, Earnhardt was involved in an early car pileup on the front straightaway on lap 20, but was able to salvage a 14th-place finish by the time the race was called for rain after of laps. Earnhardt was able to bounce back the following week at New Hampshire with a 10th-place finish. With the finish, he clinched a Chase berth, with him being enough inside the Top 30 and having two victories.
The following week, he finished 9th at Indianapolis. The questions referring to the replacement of Steve Letarte were finally answered on July 30, for it was announced that Greg Ives, Chase Elliott 's Nationwide Series crew chief at JR Motorsportswould return to Hendrick Motorsports, and take over Earnhardt's pit box for Returning to Pocono, Earnhardt started 9th.
He ran inside the Top 10 for most of the race, and took the lead from Greg Biffle with 14 laps to go. Earnhardt had built up a lead in excess of three seconds when the caution came out for Kurt Busch 's cut tire on laperasing his lead.
He then sweated out a four lap shootout on the last restart to take his 3rd win of the year, marking the first time since that a driver swept both Pocono races Denny Hamlin was the last driver.
This win tied Earnhardt with Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski for most wins of the season up to that point. At Watkins Glen, Earnhardt finished 11th, and due to Jeff Gordon struggling, assumed the points lead, for the first time since Martinsville in April. The following week at Michigan, he made contact with Kyle Larson on pit road, but through hard work from his pit crew, was able to lead four laps and salvage a 5th-place finish. The following week at Bristol, while running 5th, leader Denny Hamlin was wrecked by Kevin Harvick while racing for the lead, which then sent Hamlin's car into the inside wall.
Hamlin's car then slid right back up in front of the No. This was his second DNF of the year, after the early exit in the spring Texas race. He raced to a 12th-place finish, after what was a long, difficult night for the team. He started the Challenger Round of the Chase with an 11th-place finish in Chicago. The following week at New Hampshire, Earnhardt finished a solid 9th-place finish, giving him a comfortable advantage to make the Contender Round after Dover.
At Dover, he finished 17th to make it to the next round. At Kansas, after a 5th-place run in the spring, Earnhardt was looking to repeat this feat to start off the contender with a solid finish to help his chances to extend his run for the championship. After leading 45 laps in the same car he used to win both Pocono races earlier in the season, a cut right front tire resulted in a 39th-place finish.
That finish caused him to fall to 11th place in points, 25 points behind 8th place.