Somber anniversary for Dale Earnhardt fans

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed at Daytona 500 in 2001.

February 18, 2011 10:00:22 AM PST
Friday is the tenth anniversary of the death of Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt, a native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, was killed in a crash in the final turn of the last lap of the race.

The February 18, 2001 crash that took his life shocked the racing world, led to changes in safety for NASCAR and left fans grieving for their hero.

Ten years later, fans are still mourning his death. A planned moment of silence in the third lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500 (a reference to Dale’s #3 car), vigils marking the anniversary of his death and no lack of “3” bumper and window stickers on cars on the roads stand testament to the resolve of his fans to keep Earnhardt’s memory alive.

Known as “The Intimidator,” Earnhardt was one of the winningest drivers in NASCAR history.

For many fans, racing has not been the same since his death.

Click here to see his official NASCAR stats and winnings

In memory of Earnhardt, has assembled a photo gallery of AP photographs which encompasses much of his glory-filled career.

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