Larry McClure/Morgan-McClure Statement on Dale Earnhardt's Death Abingdon, Va.--Morgan-McClure Motorsports' thoughts and prayers are with the entire Earnhardt family, Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. Larry McClure, team...
Larry McClure/Morgan-McClure Statement on Dale Earnhardt's Death
Abingdon, Va.--Morgan-McClure Motorsports' thoughts and prayers are with the entire Earnhardt family, Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. Larry McClure, team owner, offers the following thoughts:
"Dale Earnhardt's death is a tremendous loss to our NASCAR family and to the entire nation. Whether you liked him or not, he stood as a hero. Many looked up to Dale as a man who stuck to his convictions. Earnhardt set the stage in Winston Cup. What he did, everyone followed. He was a fierce competitor, one that we did battle with many times.
"He lived a life that was full. As a father, a husband and a businessman, Dale experienced success. He showed people that they can follow their dreams and reach their goals. Dale accomplished more in his life than most of us ever could. It is unfortunate. All of us in the NASCAR community live on the edge. The drivers are on the edge all of the time, every weekend.
"This seems more of a shock to people, because the wreck did not look that bad. When someone so talented is involved in such a deal, it is unbelieveable. I know we will all go into the garage at Rockingham next weekend and expect to see that sly grin that Earnhardt patented.
"It is going to be tough on NASCAR fans and Dale Earnhardt fans. For those of us who saw him and talked to him every weekend, it will take a long time to deal with this horrible loss.
"Cherish the memories of Dale. Realize we were lucky to be able to share his life with him. Finally, believe. If you believe in Christ, the pain will be easier to handle."
On a personal note...
My father died in a tragic accident two years ago of the same head injuries that Earnhart died of. When he heard of my devasting loss, he consoled me by talking of his own pain for the loss of his dad. Earnhart's advice was to carry on and make my dad proud, as if he were still present. I use this advice everyday in my life. It gives me a tremendous desire to succeed and it helps ease the pain.