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Remembering Dale Earnhardt

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"I just hope they won't ever forget Dale and I don't think they ever will," said Dale Earnhardt's mom.

Thirteen years ago, Dale Earnhardt's amazing racing career would come to a sudden tragic end.

Martha Earnhardt still lives in his childhood home in Kannapolis.

She remembers how he loved spending time in the family garage working on cars, just like his dad.

"He was determined he was going to drive.  He wanted to drive race cars, that's all he wanted to do," Martha remembers.

And he wanted to win.

"He was the leader in whatever he was doing. He was in charge, you know. So he was always like that. He wanted to be first."

Earnhardt's style of driving earned him the nickname, “The Intimidator.

"Because if you didn't move over, he'd bump you over,” Martha laughs. “He would bump but that's because he was determined he wanted to win."

He was also known for speaking his mind.

"His dad was kind of quiet. He didn't really have a lot to say, but I didn't think I was too mouthy."

Winning the Daytona 500 was the one race Earnhardt really wanted to win. When he did in 1996, he called his mom from victory lane.

"I got a picture here. He's talking to me on the phone. He said ‘Momma, I finally won.’ I said yeah, I saw you son.”

It was the same race, five years later that would take his life.

"That was a hard time. It's hard losing a child. That's like losing a part of yourself when you lose a child."

While NASCAR lost a great, his mom believes his memory will live on.

"Race fans won't ever forget him."
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