Feb. 18, 2001: Dale Earnhardt and Daytona's darkest day
February 18, 2014
February 18, 2001. Every NASCAR fan remembers where they were when they first got the news: Dale Earnhardt had died in the final turn of the final lap at Daytona.
Even today, 13 years after he died, those words are painful to process. Whether you loved Earnhardt or loathed him -- and there were plenty of fans in both camps -- he was a larger than life character: Bold, cocky, talented, fiercely loyal to those close to him and indestructible. Or so we believed.
I was there in Talladega when he rolled over and broke his collarbone. And when he inexplicably passed out on the first lap at Darlington. That time, I thought he really had died. He was unconscious on a stretcher and absolutely pale white as they carried him out. But a week later he was back in the car, laughing at the folly of it. Clearly, nothing was ever going to happen to him. Not ever.http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/earnhardt-and-daytona-s-darkest-day-021814