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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Posts Gritty Photo of His Dad on 20th Death Anniversary with Moving Message

by Katie Maloney
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. honors his father on social media with a moving post and photo.

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. was a professional stock car driver and team owner. He raced from 1975 until 2001 in the former NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He’s most known for driving the number three Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Earnhardt Sr. passed 20 years ago today during a sudden last-lap crash during the Daytona 500 in 2001. Since then NASCAR and the racing industry as a whole have made significant improvements for car, driver, and track safety. Additionally, Earnhardt Sr. has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2010.

His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to Instagram today to share a photo of his father in honor of the 20th anniversary of his father’s passing. The photo shows his father, mustache and all, in full driver grit. You can see the outline from where his protective glasses were sitting because the rest of his face and clothes are covered in dust and dirt. Along with the photo Jr. wrote, “Thinking about this man today and every day. Appreciate everyone out there who continues to celebrate his life.”

Fans Share Their Support For Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Few things bring people together the ways sports do. Whether it’s football, baseball, mountain climbing or race car driving, people find connection through the sports and athletes they admire. This is definitely the case today for Dale Earnhardt Jr. After sharing the photo on Instagram, Jr. received an outpour of love and support from fans.

One fan sent prayers to the Earnhardt family,”God bless you and your whole family.”

Another commented on the Dale Earnhardt Sr. legacy. “The old cliche of ‘never forget’ is so true. Never forgetting his legacy leaves a little piece of him here, like he never left.”

Another follower shared their own story, “Prayers and love to you and your family today. My mom and I watched that race 20 yrs ago and sat and cried together…one month later I lost my mom to a heart attack…it is not lost on me the significance of 20 years.”

Another fan commented, “When I needed a hero when I was a boy, this man was it. Thinking of you today Jr.”

Others credited Earnhardt Sr. for the popularity of NASCAR today. The fan wrote, “His influence on the sport is a big reason why it has reached the popularity it has today. God bless you and your family.”