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RACING FAMILY MEMBER HAS DIED AT 56

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John Andrew Andretti (March 12, 1963 – January 30, 2020)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Andretti carved out his own niche in one of
the world’s most successful racing families.

He became the first driver to attempt the Memorial Day double. He won
on dirt tracks, street courses and superspeedways. He won an endurance
race, competed in dragsters and became an iron man in IndyCar and
NASCAR. He used his platform and passion for racing to help others
and On Thursday, John lost a three-year battle with colon cancer.

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ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO BE HELD

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–This weekend, Dale Earnhardt’s iconic No. 3 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo will return to the racetrack to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Talladega Superspeedway and Richard Childress Racing.

Childress will drive the No. 3 to pace the field at Talladega on Sunday prior
to the start of the 1000Bulbs.com 500. The iconic team owner started his
NASCAR career at Talladega’s grand-opening weekend and the track is
also home to Earnhardt’s last career victory in October 2000.

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)


On February 18, 2001, Dale Sr. lost his life at the 43rd running of
The Great American Race following a devastating collision on the
outside wall at Daytona International Speedway. He was 49 years
old.

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NASCAR & International Motorsports Hall of Famer Richard Childress.

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RACE CAR DRIVER DIES IN OREGON AT 36

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Jessi Combs (July 27, 1983 – August 27, 2019)

(FoxNews) – Jet-car race driver and TV personality Jessi Combs died
tragically during an attempt to break her own land-speed record.

She was involved in the fatal crash during her attempt on Tuesday
on a dry lake bed in Oregon. She was attempting to hit 619 mph.

The details of the crash have not been released at this time.

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NASCAR TV ANNOUNCER TO RETIRE SOON

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Mike Joy (left), Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon.

(Fox News) – Fox Sports NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip has announced that
he will retire at the end of the network’s broadcast season.

Waltrip was a member of the Fox Sports NASCAR team when it first went on
the air in 2001, when he helped call the
Daytona 500 that was won by his
brother Michael, but is mostly remembered for the last-lap accident that
took the life of Dale Earnhardt.

Fox Sports CEO & executive producer Eric Shanks said “Darrell has been
the heart and soul of the Fox NASCAR booth since day one, so it’s incredibly bittersweet to know this is his final season.”

Waltrip, a 3-time series champion, said he has been talking about the decision
with his family for several months.


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Darrell Waltrip (far right) with #17 Tide Chevrolet Monte Carlo & Race Team along with transporter.

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RACING LEGEND ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

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Scott Pruett - racer, book writer and winemaker

Scott Donald Pruett will be 58 years old March 24.

(AP) – American motorsports legend Scott Pruett will hang up his fire suit for the
last time after the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month.

The 57-year-old started racing karts at age eight and hasn’t stopped since. His
near five-decade career has spanned NASCAR, Indy car and most notably
sports car racing, where he found the most success.

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Besides being a race car driver, Scott is a successful vineyard
owner and children’s book author.

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