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.
EDWARD J. HEBDEN