NASCAR has a lot of legends over the years in its sport. There are just as many legends as there are legendary families. One of those legendary families in the sport is the Earnhardt family. Few NASCAR fans forget that iconic speech at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997 by Martha Earnhardt on behalf of her late husband Ralph. Today, NASCAR fans remembered her moving speech after following Martha’s own passing on Christmas.
Before Martha even gave her speech on behalf of her late husband, she asked that all of her children join Dale on the stage. It was a beautiful moment and a great gesture by Martha and showed just how proud she and her late husband Ralph were of their children, even if most racing fans only knew about Dale and all of his accomplishments in the sport.
In the tweet, via NASCAR memories it read, “Dale Earnhardt escorts his Mom Martha to the stage for her husband Ralph’s induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997. Before starting her speech, Martha brought all of her kids to the stage and introduced them to the crowd.”
Fans loved the tweet. One user tweeted in response, “Wow Thanks for sharing this always in my Red heart#3” Another user tweeted, “Class Act Folded handsRed heartThumbs up.”
Martha Earnhardt, Dale’s Mother, Passes Away
At 91-years-old Martha Earnhardt passed away. Dale Jr. took to his own personal Instagram to comment on the passing of his grandmother. He wrote for the caption, “I’m thankful that I got to tell her I loved her before she left. What a life she lived. What amazing things she saw and experienced during her 91 years. I hope we are all so lucky to live such a full life and leave it so peacefully. Until we meet again…”
It was a beautiful note by Dale Earnhardt Jr. about his late grandmother. It is especially nice to see that his last moment with Martha was such a powerful one. At 91, she lived a long, beautiful life and Earnhardt Jr. is looking forward to that time in the future of the two of them meeting once again.
NASCAR also released an official statement on her passing saying, “On behalf of the France Family and all of NASCAR, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Martha Earnhardt.”
The statement continued, “Martha was not only the matriarch of a legendary NASCAR family, but a beloved and respected figure within our industry and throughout the fanbase. We will dearly miss her grace, compassion and welcoming demeanor. To her grandchildren, she was ‘Mamaw.’ To millions of NASCAR fans, she was a treasure.”