From the former NASCAR champion and current Fox Sports announcer, an intimate account of one of the most dramatic and tragic days in the history of NASCAR: the 2001 Daytona 500—the day that racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died.
In Sundays Will Never Be the Same, former NASCAR champion and current FOX Sports racing analyst Darrell Waltrip provides an intimate account of one of the most dramatic and tragic days in the history of NASCAR: the 2001 Daytona 500—the day that racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. died.
The sudden death of Earnhardt on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 was a traumatic loss for the entire NASCAR family, and few were affected more deeply than Darrell Waltrip. During the course of their tumultuous thirty-year association, Dale and Darrell had been friends, then “frenemies,” and finally friends again. Darrell takes us through the fascinating history of racing in Daytona, offering glimpses of some of the sport’s most colorful characters. He recounts the highs and lows of his relationship with Earnhardt through the twin arcs of their overlapping careers, and concludes with a heart-wrenching insider account of that pivotal weekend in Daytona.
The world of NASCAR racing is rife with danger and "drama on a grand scale," making it one of the most-watched sports in the U.S. Former top driver and current FOX Sports broadcaster Waltrip describes the evolution of NASCAR into a riveting spectator sport and a huge moneymaker, as well as discussing his own life from his wild teenage years to his conversion to Christianity, Waltrip details hard-fought wins, violent crashes, and his friendship and rivalry with the late great Dale Earnhardt, whose tragic death during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 which Waltrip's younger brother won, just barely beating Dale Earnhardt Jr. inspired the title. Waltrip's dedication and admiration to the sport is relayed at an appropriately exhilarating pace, with occasional humorous moments as when a post-collision Waltrip, responding to a doctor's admonition that he not continue the race, declared, "I don't have to carry the car I just have to drive it." And there are poignant moments too in an interview with Waltrip minutes before the fatal race, Earnhardt exclaimed, "I'm having a great time! I've got it all right now, Darrell, I've got it all!"
I could hear Darrell's voice in every word I read. I laughed, cried and couldn't put it down. What a blessing Stevie has been for him.
I love DW more now than ever.
I could not put this book down. I must admit I was not a Waltrip fan when he raced but loved Dale. Even to this day Dale is very much missed. Since Dale's death, NASCAR has and never will be the same. There will never be another Dale Earnhardt. This book really is an awesome story about Darrell and Dale. I am sure I will read it again and again!