This Day In Sports History (February 18th) — Dale Earnhardt
It was on this day in 2001 that Dale Earnhardt was involved in a fatal crash at the Daytona 500. It did not appear to be a major collision at first, but when traveling at speeds of 150 MPH, even a minor accident can prove to be deadly.
On the final lap, Earnhardt’s #3 car was clipped by the #36 Pontiac driven by Ken Schrader at turn 4, sending Dales Chevy right into the concrete wall. As Dales car slowly made its way into the infield after the crash, his son, Dale Jr., was completing the race in second place. Earnhardt would be airlifted to hospital, where he would eventually succumb to his injuries (skull fracture).
As a result of losing one of the legends of the sport, NASCAR decided it was time for some change. New safety procedures were put into place in an attempt to make these occurrences far and few between.
Here is a clip of the accident.
Alexander Mogilny, NHL – Born February 18th 1969 (age 45) in Khabarovsk, Russia
Andrei Kirilenko, NBA – Born February 18th 1981 (age 33) in Izhevsk, Russia
Alex Rios, MLB – Born February 18th 1981 (age 33) in Coffee, Alabama