Dale Earnhardt died, this day, 12 years ago

Dale-EarnhardtThe Intimidator, #3, died in his black Chevrolet on this day in 2001, at age 49.

Few people believed he could have died due to that seemingly-small collision.  However, he perished from a basilar skull fracture in Turn 4 of the final lap of the Daytona 500.

The longest-lasting result of Earnhardt’s death was the mandatory inclusion of the HANS device in all NASCAR vehicles.

The Intimidator is dead; long live The Intimidator.


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