Tag:Dale Earnhardt
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:36 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 7:39 pm

Jeffrey Earnhardt to make Bristol debut

By Pete Pistone

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(There hasn't been an Earnhardt in a Ford since Dale Sr. back in 1983)

Jeffrey Earnhardt
will make his Bristol Motor Speedway debut in two weeks when the half-mile track hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 

The fourth-generation driver will pilot the Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang at the site of his grandfather Dale Earnhardt’s first Sprint Cup victory in 1979. It will also be the first time an Earnhardt drives a Ford since 1983 when Dale Earnhardt drove the No. 15 Ford for Bud Moore

Earnhardt, who is competing full time in the Rolex Grand Am series, has been working hard to add several sponsors to his Nationwide effort and has landed Sam’s Club as one for the upcoming Bristol race.

“Our sponsors have been great partners and having Sam’s Club and MET-Rx on the #15 Ford Mustang for Jeffrey’s Bristol debut is a great way to start 2012,” said team owner Rick Ware.

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Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 1:45 pm

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

By Pete Pistone

(Dillon will bring back the famous number "3" to the Nationwide Series in 2012 - Photo courtesy TMS)

The iconic number "3" made famous by Dale Earnhardt will run in the Nationwide Series next season courtesy of Richard Childress and grandson Austin Dillon.

Childress announced at a press conference Friday morning at Texas Motor Speedway that Dillon would move up from the Camping World Truck Series to the Nationwide Series in 2012 and carry the same number of seven-time Sprint Cup champion Earnhardt.

AdvoCare will sponsor Dillon for twenty events on the schedule next season as RCR returns to the division on a full-time basis.

“We are excited to have AdvoCare on board as Austin makes the full time step into the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 driving the No. 3 Chevrolet,” said Childress. We look forward to working closely with them and the other partners on the No. 3 team to build a competitive and successful program.” 

RCR has a fairly successful history competing in NASCAR's number two division.  

The team has earned 56 victories and five series championships since its first season in 2000. Kevin Harvick won overall championships (driver and owner) in 2001 and 2006, Harvick and Johnny Sauter won the owner championship in 2003, Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer won the owner championship in 2007 and Clint Bowyer won the driver championship in 2008.

Dillon leads the Camping World Truck Series by eleven points heading into Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas. 

Although he has driven the number three in truck competition, Childress said the decision to move it up to the Nationwide Series was taken lightly.

"The three has so much winning tradition, and Dale made that number famous," Childress said. "I know he'd be proud to see (Dillon) run it."

But Childress said truth be told the idea wasn't his own but rather that of Dillon's.

"Austin said, 'Pop-Pop, I want to use your number,'" Childress explained. "I said, 'Austin, that was my number, but Dale made the number famous.' He said, 'Well, it's still your number. I want to run your number.'

"How you going to tell your grandkid no on something?"

Childress said Friday that he has no intention of taking the "3" back into the Sprint Cup Series.
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Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:26 pm

Video of the Day: Earnhardt "rattles his cage"

Posted by Pete Pistone

Today marks the anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's famous crash with Terry Labonte heading to the finish in the Bristol night race back on August 26, 1995. Earnhardt's famous quotes of not meaning to wreck Labonte but rather "just rattle his cage" lives on today:

Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 5:08 pm

Hauler takes down Pocono flag stand

By Pete Pistone

There's some repair needed at Pocono Raceway before this weekend's NASCAR visit.

A Camping World Truck Series hauler ran into the flag stand on the front straightaway and pretty much demolished it. Track officials were surveying the damage and planning to work overnight to make repairs or find a replacement by the time tomorrow's Sprint Cup Series and truck series practice begins:


(Pocono track president Brandon Igdalsky tweeted this photo of the melee)

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:44 am

Video of the Day: Jeremy Mayfield punts Earnhardt

Posted by Pete Pistone

One of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history came in 2000 at Pocono Raceway when Jeremy Mayfield moved Dale Earnhardt out of the way on the final turn to go on to victory lane:

Posted on: May 21, 2011 9:26 am

Video of the Day: Pass in the grass

Posted by Pete Pistone

Perhaps the most famous moment of what's now known as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race came in 1987 when Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt made contact racing off of turn four. The miraculous save by Earnhardt has been part of "The Intimidator's" legend ever since:

Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:34 am

Dale Earnhardt Day set for Friday

Posted by Pete Pistone

Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced 2011 Dale Earnhardt Day on Friday, April 29th, at the DEI Facilities in Mooresville, NC.

An annual celebration of the extraordinary life and legacy of Dale Earnhardt, this event is held annually on his birthday. Fans will be treated to special access to extra exhibits, including the never before exhibited private oil painting of Dale Earnhardt by renowned artist Denny Dent. Dent was known for his remarkable "Two-Fisted Art Attack" style of painting. This original portrait permanently hangs in the Corporate Offices of DEI and will be placed on public display for the first time, accompanied by the 5-minute video of Dent actually painting the portrait on stage during a special event.

The DEI Museum will be opening a new display on that day of many of the gifts and tributes that were sent to and left at DEI and in other venues across the nation in honor of Earnhardt's life. There will be a national unveiling of the 2011 "Intimidator" Camaros, by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

One of the 2011 "Intimidator" Camaros will be featured in a fundraising raffle to benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, with ticket sales starting on Dale Earnhardt Day, and will be awarded to one extremely lucky person at the end of the raffle. Lots of music will be in store, with live performances by "Eddy Francis & Freight Train", and an encore showing of the 2003 Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert Film.

Autograph Sessions will be held throughout the day, with guests including Kerry Earnhardt and Taylor Earnhardt. An annual tradition of Dale Earnhardt Day, cupcakes will again be provided to all in attendance in honor of The Intimidator's birthday.

Dale Earnhardt Day, will run from 9am until 5pm, on Friday, April 29th. Admission is free, and plenty of parking is available.(NCMA), for events and more info, see the daleearnhardtinc.com site.


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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:12 am

Video of the Day: Baker's 1980 Talladega win

Posted by Pete Pistone

Buddy Baker outran Dale Earnhardt to victory in the 1980 Alabama 500 at Talladega or as it was known then Alabama International Speedway:

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