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DEATH OF A LEGEND
LAST-LAP ACCIDENT COSTS DALE EARNHARDT HIS LIFE AT DAYTONA 500

DALE EARNDARDT CAREER STATS

  Year    Str  Wins Champ.    Money 
finish
1975 1 0 $1,925
1976 2 0 $3,085
1977 1 0 $1,375
1978 5 0 $20,145
1979 27 1 7 $264,086
1980 31 5 1 $588,926
1981 31 0 7 $347,113
1982 30 1 12 $375,325
1983 30 2 8 $446,272
1984 30 2 4 $616,788
1985 28 4 8 $546,596
1986 29 5 1 $1,783,880
1987 29 11 1 $2,099,243
1988 29 3 3 $1,214,089
1989 29 5 2 $1,435,730
1990 29 9 1 $3,083,056
1991 29 4 1 $2,396,685
1992 29 1 12 $915,463
1993 30 6 1 $3,353,789
1994 31 4 1 $3,300,733
1995 31 5 2 $3,154,241
1996 31 2 4 $2,285,926
1997 32 0 5 $2,151,909
1998 33 1 8 $2,990,749
1999 34 3 7 $3,149,356
2000 34 2 2 $3,701,390
2001 1 0 $194,111
Total 676 76 $40,422,166

EARNHARDT'S FRIENDS

Reaction to Dale Earnhardt's death Sunday in a crash on the last turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500:

"No matter where it happens or how it happens or even how prepared you think you might be for it, losing somebody close to you hurts. My heart just breaks for Teresa and the family." -- driver Kyle Petty. Petty's son, Adam, was killed last year in a crash during a Busch series practice session in New Hampshire.

"My heart is hurting right now. I would rather be any place right this moment than here. It's so painful." -- race winner Michael Waltrip at his press conference. Waltrip drove a car owned by Earnhardt.

"This is understandably the hardest announcement I've ever had to make. We've lost Dale Earnhardt." -- NASCAR president Mike Helton.

"NASCAR has lost its greatest driver ever, and I personally have lost a great friend." -- NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr.

"I don't know what to say. This is incredible, just incredible. I think everybody is just in shock right now. I didn't see much of what happened. After the race was over, I heard things didn't look very good but, man, Earnhardt. You figure he'll bounce right back. Your first thought is, hey, he'll probably come back next week at Rockingham and beat us all." -- driver Jeremy Mayfield.

"I feel like somebody kicked me in the chest. I'm stunned. And I'm really sad. That's about all I can say." -- driver John Andretti.

EARNHARDT'S 2000 STATISTICS

Starts: 34
Wins: 2
Poles: 0
Top 5s: 13
Top 10's: 24
Career Wins (through 2000): 76
Career Poles (through 2000): 22

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