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Even 12 Years After His Death, Dale Earnhardt’s Memory Is Still Very Much Alive

It remains hard to believe that 12 years ago today—February 18, 2001—Dale Earnhardt was taken from us.Even though 4,383 days have passed since his death, it still seems like yesterday that one of NASCAR's all-time greats perished in one of the most tragic wrecks in the sport's history—killed on the last turn of the last lap of the sport's biggest race, the Daytona 500.It seemed like just another typical NASCAR wreck, yet wound up being anything but.A nearly head-on crash into the outside retaining wall at Daytona International Speedway, the kind of wreck that countless others have walked away from, inexplicably claimed NASCAR's Superman.

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