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Dale Earnhardt Tribute Lap at 2011 Daytona 500

Posted by on February 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM EST

dale earnhardt tributeTomorrow at the 2011 Daytona 500 we will honor Dale Earnhardt who died 10 years ago in a horrific crash at the Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500 will honor the death of Dale Earnhardt this Sunday, in a tribute dedicated to the NASCAR legend. Nascar fans will be standing in silence, holding three fingers in the air to represent the number 3 that was on Earnhardt’s black Chevrolet on the day of his fateful death.

To this day, people remember the famed racer and he is still regarded by many racing enthusiasts as a hero. The number 3 will also be painted on the grass at the Daytona 500 as another memorandum of his death.

People say that Dale Earnhardt’s death prompted swift changes within NASCAR. After it happened, immediately people began to rally for new safety implementations to insure that other lives might be saved in the event of a crash.

For example, there was a new mandate that made it so drivers had to wear both head and neck restraints. According to The Washington Post, Earnhardt’s death “created a safer car that, while cutting down on fatalities and serious injuries, took much of the excitement and spontaneity out of the sport.” Still, human lives are far more precious than creation of “excitement” and “spontaneity” for any audience. May Dale Earnhardt rest in peace.



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