On February 15, 1998, the legend of Dale Earnhardt Sr. saw its finest hour. The man who had come to define NASCAR—the man whose nicknames "The Intimidator" and "The Man in Black" were spoken with the utmost awe and respect—did what had been 20 years in the making.
Earnhardt won the Daytona 500.
Immediately following the win, the crews of every driver lined up to shake his hand. This was big. This was different.
Three years later, Earnhardt passed away. Though NASCAR lost a legend, his legacy remains immortal.