Earnhardt’s Historic CMS Weekend Remembered
Dale Earnhardt Sr. had one incredible weekend 20 years ago this weekend. (File photo courtesy of NASCAR)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
Twenty years ago Dale Earnhardt Sr. owned Charlotte Motor Speedway during the month of May, sweeping the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600. At that time, no one realized it would be Earnhardt’s last visit to the 1.5-mile speedway’s victory lane.
It was an era when an inscription on a souvenir T-shirt read “Real Men Wear Black and Silver”, touting Earnhardt’s Richard Childress-owned team and their black and silver, GM Goodwrench-sponsored No. 3. It was a slogan that conveyed more about the organization than perhaps many realized.
“Dale Earnhardt and our race team … we never ever, ever gave up and I think that’s what made us as good as we were,” said Danny “Chocolate” Myers, Earnhardt’s long-time gasman who now co-hosts a show on SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio’s NASCAR channel. “We didn’t want to give up with Richard and Dale and Richard and Dale never gave up on us. We were all just so close and we were all in this for the same reason. No one ever asked how much it paid. Nobody ever asked anything except what do we need to do? They can say what they want to, but we went to the race track for one reason and one reason only and that was to win.”
In May 1993, first on the agenda was the All-Star race and Earnhardt won it with a controversial move, jumping the restart in the event’s final 10-lap segment. NASCAR didn’t put him at the rear of the field for the maneuver that eventually led to his third and final All-Star victory and that angered many of his fellow competitors.
Immediately after the All-Star race, Earnhardt told his crew he wanted to drive the same car in the Coca-Cola 600. Read the full story »