It has been a tragic month for the Earnhardt family. Earlier this month, Danny Earnhardt passed away. He was Dale Sr.’s brother and a longtime mechanic for Dale Jr., his nephew. Last night, on Christmas, Martha “Mamaw” Earnhardt went to join her sons and husband in Glory. The family and the NASCAR community are in mourning.
Kelley Earnhardt, the wife of Dale Jr., announced Martha’s passing earlier today. In the short statement, she asked racing fans to keep the Earnhardt family in their thoughts and prayers. NASCAR fans on Twitter are doing just that. Additionally, they’re reaching out to share memories as well as condolences.
In her post, Kelley Earnhardt said that Martha Earnhardt wasn’t just the matriarch of her family. She was also the matriarch for generations of race fans. Taking a quick look at Twitter will show just how true that is.
NASCAR Fans React to Martha Earnhardt’s Passing
Several fans tweeted their condolences. About the Earnhardt matriarch, one Twitter user said, “She reminded me so much of my grandmother. I have always thought the world of her! Prayers go out for all of you.” Another fan offered prayers and condolences to the family. She added, “I did have the opportunity to meet Martha Earnhardt, what an awesome and beautiful lady.”
Another NASCAR fan is going a bit further. They’d like to see the State of North Carolina mark Martha Earnhardt’s home as a national historic landmark and preserve it as it stands. “So we may experience her life.”
Some race fans are replying directly to Kelley’s post mourning Martha Earnhardt’s passing. One of those fans said, “Mrs. Martha was a special woman and she’ll forever be a part of NASCAR and the Earnhardts’ story because of how much y’all showed her love and spoke of her great stories. She will be missed.”
NASCAR Pros Mourn Mrs. Earnhardt’s Passing
Former NASCAR Hall of Fame director Winston Kelley sent his condolences to the Earnhardt family after Martha’s passing. He said he was saddened to hear of her passing and added that she was a “wonderful lady,” before offering his prayers and love to the family.
NASCAR Cup Series champ Brad Keselowski replied to Kelley’s announcement. He said, “I’m so sorry for you guys.” Additionally, Xfinity Racing chimed in offering condolences and added that Martha Earnhardt “will be truly missed.”
Dave Fulton, former manager of Wrangler NASCAR Special Events replied to Kelley’s post and shared a memory of Martha Earnhardt. “Such a nice lady,” he began. He also added that he always enjoyed visiting with her. Then, he shared a fond memory, “Always remember her with me in Sheriff’s car trying to get to victory lane for your dad’s 1st Talladega win.”