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David Lawson

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Dale Earnhardt's Recent Death Gives NASCAR a Wake-Up Call

The world of motorsports lost its greatest driver in the last mile of its greatest event last Feb. 18 as Dale Earnhardt struck the outside wall in between turns three and four in the Daytona 500. Traveling at a speed of nearly 180 miles per hour, Earnhardt's car sling-shoted from the bottom of the track and collided with a 10-foot thick block of concrete virtually head-on.

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