Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nobody big

One year in the late 1990s, my friend Cleve and I were trying to remember who won the pole for the 1996 Daytona 500. We couldn't remember off the tops of our heads, but we finally decided it was nobody big.

It turned out to be Dale Earnhardt Sr., someone very big (and later very important to me; Dale was pictured on three of my books, and his No. 2 car was on the other cover).

It was one of only 22 poles that Dale posted during his legendary career.  I realize that 22 poles doesn't mean much to you, but Earnhardt had 76 Cup victories before his death in 2001.

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