NASCAR Throwback: Dale Earnhardt captures final win at Talladega in 2000

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Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Every NASCAR fan from the ’80s and ’90s knows that Dale Earnhardt did some pretty impossible things on the race track. They also likely know how dominant he was at Talladega with a record 10 wins at the track.

On Oct. 15, 2000, Earnhardt wrapped all of that into one race. In what would ultimately be the final win of his career, the Intimidator shocked the entire field with a late-race charge to win at ‘Dega.

Sitting in 15th place during the final restart with 15 laps to go, Earnhardt used a draft with Kenny Wallace to storm to the front. The final laps can be found in this video from NASCAR about the top moments from the superspeedway.

Five months later, Earnhardt’s life would be cut tragically short on another restrictor plate track in Daytona. One day after what would have been his 64th birthday, his legacy still lives on for remarkable moments like 2000 at Talladega and the 1998 Daytona 500 triumph.

Today, we still remember that absurd finish in ‘Dega that only added to the legend of the black No. 3 car and Earnhardt as a whole.

 

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