She said the day Earnhardt died plays like a video in her mind. Not just the race itself, but the entire day. Like millions of others, she was watching the Daytona 500 on television on Feb. 18, 2001, when the fabled No. 3 car crashed into the wall on the last lap. After his death, she set up a Dale Earnhardt memorabilia display for a month in her home.
“It was like losing a very close personal friend. NASCAR just hasn’t been the same since. The excitement is gone. And don’t get me started on how much I despise the points system,” she said.
Her daughter Dana and her son Shane share her love for racing and Dale Earnhardt. She said her son called tearfully from Tupelo, Miss., on that February day to say, “Mama, Dale Earnhardt is dead! Can you believe it?”
Dana also is a fan of the “Young and the Restless.” Like her mom, she also records every show. Plus both say that traditional country music is their favorite, based on growing up with “that kind of music.”
Since she’s been a fan of so many people during the years, is she past the stage of that type of attachment? Would she possibly join someone else’s fan club?
“I wouldn’t rule it out!” she said.
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