Byron’s Erik Jones shows off Tide ride for Bristol dirt race in March
That will change March 28 when Bristol Motor Speedway’s half-mile oval is transformed into a dirt track for its annual spring race. Bristol gets it dirty, Tide gets it clean. 😎 @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/DkFv0SpSf3 — Erik Jones (@Erik_Jones) February 19, 2021NASCAR’s last dirt race was on Sept. 30, 1970 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., which was won by Jones’ boss, Richard Petty. Tide has had a long, successful tradition in NASCAR, sponsoring three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, along Ricky Rudd and Ricky Craven. Waltrip won the 1989 Daytona 500 with the Tide sponsorship, as did Ricky Rudd in the 1997 Brickyard 400.mlive.com
AP Was There: Earnhardt killed in 2001 Daytona 500 crash
“I guess someone got into Dale because Dale got into me and then we went up,” Schrader said. We’ve lost Dale Earnhardt,” Helton said. The death of Earnhardt left NASCAR reeling in the wake of a 2000 season in which three of its young stars were killed in separate accidents. All three died of the same type of head injuries that apparently killed Earnhardt. “The only reason I won this race is Dale Earnhardt,” Waltrip said.
Bowyer chooses long role in NASCAR over proper farewell tour
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If Clint Bowyer could have scripted his sendoff, it most certainly would have been a proper blowout for NASCAR's best partier. Bowyer would have had fans and friends and celebrated every week all along the NASCAR circuit if he'd had his way. I was getting close to being ready," Bowyer said of retirement. The pandemic gave Bowyer weekly studio time and his large and loud personality was full-throttle during the virtual racing telecasts. Just like Waltrip did for nearly two decades, Bowyer can now look toward a long future in NASCAR's spotlight.