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Remembering Dale Earnhardt

Remembering Dale Earnhardt

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
ESPN Classic Remembers Dale Earnhardt

On Saturday, Feb. 24 from noon to midnight, ESPN Classic Remembers will look back at the storied career of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. Arguably the best driver in stock car history, Earnhardt died Feb. 18 from head injuries sustained during a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt has Victory Lane reflected in his sunglasses as he celebrates winning the 1998 Daytona 500.
The winner of seven NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships, Earnhardt's aggressive style helped define a generation of drivers. Earnhardt was the first driver in the history of the sport to win the rookie of the year award and the series title at the NASCAR Winston Cup Series level. He did it in consecutive seasons -- 1979 and 1980. He was the first three-time winner of the Winston Select (1987, '90 and '93) and he won three IROC championships (1990, '95 and '99). The special 12 hour presentation will feature some of his greatest races, including his 1998 win at the Daytona 500. Here's Saturday's schedule:

ESPN Classic Remembers
Dale Earnhardt
Saturday, Feb. 24
All times Eastern

  • Noon - ESPN Classic Remembers Dale Earnhardt
    Live from Rockingham Motor Speedway
    As part of ESPN Classic's tribute to Dale Earnhardt on Saturday (noon-midnight) the network will be live from Rockingham from noon-2 p.m., where Michael Waltrip, Kyle Petty, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Labonte and others will join Kenny Mayne and Mike Massaro to discuss Earnhardt's career, his impact on the sport, as well as their individual relationships with the seven-time Winston Cup champion. They will also provide insight and commentary on the classic races that will be featured as part of the tribute.

  • 2 p.m. - 1994 Winston Select 500
    Talladega, AL

    Earnhardt earns his ninth career victory at the Talladega Superspeedway -- more than any other driver -- when he passes Jimmy Spencer with four laps remaining.

  • 4:30 - 1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500
    Bristol, TN

    Earnhardt leads with three laps left when Terry Labonte catches him and briefly grabs the lead. Earnhardt regains the lead, bumping Labonte from behind and sending him spinning toward the infield. Earnhardt began the race from the 26th position, the lowest for a winner at Bristol.

  • 7 p.m. - 2000 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500
    Atlanta, GA

    Earnhardt holds off a determined Bobby Labonte to win the race by 0.010 seconds -- less than two feet -- for his 75th career and track leading ninth victory.

  • 9:30 p.m. - 1998 Daytona 500
    Daytona Beach, FL

    Earnhardt finally wins the Super Bowl of racing in his 20th attempt, also breaking a career-long 59-race winless streak.

  • ESPN Classic: Earnhardt Tribute

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