Today marks 15 years since Dale Earnhardt died

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Even after his tragic death, legendary driver Dale Earnhardt still lives on in the memory of all his fans as one of the fierce competitors in the sport.

In 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500; he was 49.

“He didn’t take crap from anyone,” said fan Barbara Varhola when she celebrated his birthday last year. “It didn’t matter if he was racing the more well-known drivers.”

“He intimidated everyone,” said fan Wilbert Wolfgehre. “He was just one of the best drivers in NASCAR.”

“I think it’s just natural talent and doing what you love to do,” said fan Kenneth James.

Earnhardt won seven Winston Cup titles and one Daytona 500 among other accolades.

Dale Earnhardt Inc. is inviting fans to join a special candlelight tribute remembering Dale Earnhardt on the 15th anniversary of his death.

Fans honor and pay special tribute to him on the grounds of Dale Earnhardt Inc. The building will be closed in the evening and illuminated with candles.  A guest book will be available for fans to sign and share their memories.

Fans are invited from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Dale Earnhardt Inc., 1675 Dale Earnhardt Highway 3, in Mooresville, NC.

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