Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Fans Celebrate Seventh Annual Dale Earnhardt Day MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2008) -- Thousands of fans turned out for the seventh annual celebration of Dale Earnhardt Day Tuesday at Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s corporate ...
Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Fans Celebrate Seventh Annual Dale Earnhardt Day
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2008) -- Thousands of fans turned out for the seventh annual celebration of Dale Earnhardt Day Tuesday at Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s corporate headquarters in Mooresville, N.C.
The seven-time Cup champion, who would have been 57 on Tuesday, was remembered in a variety of ways throughout the event and during an official ceremony hosted by ESPN's Dr. Jerry Punch and attended by Teresa Earnhardt, DEI President of Operations Max Siegel and all five of Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s Sprint Cup drivers -- Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Regan Smith, Aric Almirola and Mark Martin. In addition, ESPN's "NASCAR Now" broadcasted a special live one-hour tribute edition of its program from the campus of Dale Earnhardt Inc.
The event, which serves as a major fundraiser for the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, was attended by several members of the Earnhardt family including Earnhardt's daughter Taylor, who participated in a pair of barrel riding demonstrations as part of the company's Equestrian Division, and son Kerry Earnhardt, who signed autographs and visited with fans for much of the day.
The Hershey Company unveiled a replica edition of the Hershey's Dale Earnhardt Tribute Mosaic, made up of thousands of pictures sent in from fans from around the world. Also, all of Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s drivers were on hand for the event, signing autographs and paying respects to Earnhardt's Legacy during the day.
In addition, the Dale Earnhardt Foundation handed out its Legend Leadership awards to Jamie Harper of Grand Island, Neb. and the Girl Scouts of Palm Glades Council in Jupiter, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Inc. also named Casey Appleman of Davidsonville, Md., this year's winner of the Dale Earnhardt Scholarship Award as a part of its partnership with Clemson University.
Mark Martin and Teresa Earnhardt also honored veterans Sgt. James Wilson of the U.S. Army and Sgt. Dan Gilyeat of the U.S. Marines for their distinguished service to our country.
Dale Earnhardt Inc. would like to thank everyone who helped put on the event. DEI would also like to thank ESPN, WSOC 103.7, Sirius Radio, XM Radio and Claire B. Lang, and WFNZ Radio, all whom broadcasted live from the event on Tuesday and played a major role in the celebration's success.
Dale Earnhardt Inc. would also like to thank Hershey, Bass Pro Shops, Turtle Wax, the NASCAR Institute and the U.S. Army for their help with the event.
Dale Earnhardt Inc., based in Mooresville, N.C., employs over 350 people on its two state-of-the-art campuses. Dale Earnhardt Inc. is comprised of four Sprint Cup teams featuring drivers, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Regan Smith, Mark Martin and Aric Almirola. The organization has amassed more than 100 wins, and has won six NASCAR Championships as well as three Daytona 500s. In addition, Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies, a joint engine venture between Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Richard Childress Racing, has 147 employees.