Dale Earnhardt took the number 3 GM Goodwrench Plus car in to Victory Lane for his first Daytona 500 win in 1998. To be sure, it was a historic event. Even more so but tragically was his untimely death in the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
This year in celebration of 50 years of the Great American Race, NASCAR and Fox, during pre-race celebrations, honored all of the past winners with banners adorned with their names and images and their cars being run around the track (For those who do not know, the winning car of the Daytona 500 goes into the museum).
During a performance by Brooks and Dunn (A favorite of Dale Earnhardt) the Number 3 car was hand-pushed out in front of the stage. It did not go on the track with the others and it was not driven by anyone. I am struck by the respect of Dale Earnhardt by NASCAR. No one could ever drive that car again and no one ever will.
For me, the Daytona 500 and NASCAR has a very personal and special place in my heart, especially that Number 3 car.
Thank you NASCAR. Good form.
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