“THE INTIMIDATOR’’ DIED ON THIS DATE IN 2001

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Dale Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash of “the Super Bowl of NASCAR”,
the Daytona 500. Hours later, at a press conference, NASCAR President
Mike Hilton made the formal announcement to the world saying, "This is
undoubtedly one of the toughest announcements that I’ve ever personally
had to make. But…after the accident in Turn 4 at the end of the Daytona
500, we’ve lost Dale Earnhardt”.

Earnhardt had notable success in the Winston Cup Series, now called the
Sprint Cup Series, winning seventy-six races, including one Daytona 500
victory in 1998. Earnhardt’s seven championships are tied for most all-time
with Richard Petty. Dale Earnhardt as been inducted in numerous halls of
fame, including the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

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RACE CAR DRIVER MARK MARTIN IS 52 TODAY

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Mark Martin’s number 5 car with the Hendrick motorsports team

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NASCAR legend Mark Martin began his racing career as a young
teenager on the dirt tracks of Arkansas. He earned Rookie of the
year in 1977. Mark has the most wins in the NASCAR Nationwide
Series with 48. He has also finished second in the Sprint Cup
Series standings five times and has been described by ESPN
as “The best driver to never win a championship”. Mark’s
new sponsor for part of the 2011 season, beginning in
February, will be Quaker State Oil.

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                     Mark Martin and his father Julian Martin 

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The Quaker State number 5 car of Mark Martin for the 2011 season

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