Tim Richmond: Dale Earnhardt's Friend Remembered As Daytona 500 Nears
Tim Richmond Remembered as Daytona 500 Commemorates Dale Earnhardt on the 10th Anniversary of His Death.
As the the late Dale Earnhardt is granted a moment of silence tomorrow on the third lap of the Daytona 500 after his deadly crash 10 years ago, Tim Richmond's name has come up, Earnhardt's former friend who died of AIDS in 1989.
The showman/driver became best buddies with Earnhardt when he entered the NASCAR circuit in 1980 after being named the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
Richmond was a known rabble-rouser. He constantly got into bar fights when Earnhardt would buy drinks for everyone. And although he wasn't particularly the best of friends with Earnhardt's pals, he and Earnhardt developed a strong friendship throughout the years.
Out on the Charlotte track, Richmond once reportedly appeared drunk at driver introductions, staggering up to the stage with a cup half full of God knows what.
It later turned out to be an act, exemplifying how much of a showman Richmond really was during his days on the track.
It was Richmond the person, not the driver, however, that founded what proved to be the inspiration behind Cole Trickle in Days of Thunder.
As we commemorate Earnhardt on Sunday, let us toast Richmond with whatever half-full cup of liquid we are drinking, and remember a man whose life was also drastically cut short.
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