Saturday, January 7, 2012

Coping with Earnhardt

Derrike Cope, who won the 1990 Daytona 500 when Dale Earnhardt blew a tire on the last lap, says he's glad Dale finally won NASCAR's biggest race in 1998:

(From Angel in Black: Remembering Dale Earnhardt Sr., page 160) In some respects, I felt tied to Earnhardt. Until his win (in 1998), I was one of the main obstacles between the Daytona 500 and him. It's almost to the point to where you feel bad that you won it, to some degree, just because he had done everything else in racing that he could possibly do.

Thank God he did win it, because to do what he had done and to get killed in the fashion he did, it would really have been unfair. I'm just very appreciative that he won it.

More blog entries from this writer:
• Angel in Black: Remembering Dale Earnhardt Sr. (a book of great stories)
• Then Junior Said to Jeff... (the book of great NASCAR stories)

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