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On Feb. 15, 1998 four friends and I sat at Daytona International Speedway. Little did we know that we would become a part of "stock-car" racing history. A racer who had won seven Winston Cup Championships was after the only thing that would complete and fulfill his career, a Daytona 500 victory.

I will never forget the sight, sound and feeling of the black No. 3 car crossing the finish line as a checkered flag flapped in the breeze. A man's lifelong dream had been filled. All his determination had finally paid off, and I had been there to witness everything. Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500. The biggest victory of his life now has more significance than ever before.

Dale was and is a true American icon, destined to be a legend. He will race in all our hearts forever. He has given more to his sport and fans than any other athlete in history. We will all miss him greatly.


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