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Whether you grew up hating him or cheering No. 3 all the way, the NASCAR world stopped for all of us on February 18, 2001.
Dale Earnhardt took NASCAR from a southern sport to a national stage. His death ushered in a whole new wave of safety innovation and popularity.
Dale Jr. put the world on his back, and won that next race at Daytona that July.
While all NASCAR fans have their favorite drivers, most everyone still has that little part of them that searches for the No. 3 car during the race.
The track still feels empty without it.
Dale Jr. has fallen on hard times in recent years. But the NASCAR world still holds out hope that he can reclaim that potential that his father saw in him so many years ago, and put an Earnhardt back on top in NASCAR once again.