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It was one of those seminal moments you recall with incandescent clarity, like when President Kennedy was shot, or when O.J. was cruising down the freeway with his pal Al Cowlings in that white Bronco, the cops in pursuit but keeping their distance. A moment so graphic or so profound — or both — that when people ask what you were doing when it transpired, you remember. As do they.
And yet on That Day, at That Daytona 500, why is it the first image I conjure is of the great Dale Earnhardt reaching his hand out the window and throwing an Intimidator-sized middle finger at a whippersnapper driver from Las Vegas named Kurt Busch?
And am I wrong to think that of all the ways one could choose to remember this man, that he might prefer that one the best?
It’s conceivable, maybe even likely, that on That Day, at That Daytona 500, there were a few more Intimidator-sized middle fingers thrown at other drivers when the TV cameras were following other cars. The incident with Busch happened early in the race; there were lots of laps to run before the last one, when Earnhardt’s car would slide up the track and impact the wall at a critical angle.
But Busch wants to be the one: The last driver the great Dale Earnhardt flipped off in the heat of battle.
When they started asking the other drivers about their remembrances of That Day, Sunday being the 10th anniversary of That Daytona 500, that’s the first thing the whippersnapper driver from Las Vegas recalled, too.
“My ‘Welcome to NASCAR Moment’ was probably the finger out the window from Dale at Daytona,” said Busch, who has one Cup Series championship to Earnhardt’s seven. “It was my first Daytona 500, and I got the finger out the window. I thought I was minding my own business in the middle lane, but when it’s Senior, you gotta move over and let him through.
“He was on his way to the front.”
Yes, he was. He was always on his way to the front. A million words or more have been written about Dale Earnhardt since That Daytona 500 in an attempt to explain why so many people revere him so, why so many remember what they were doing when It Happened.
But those eight words from Busch probably do it better than most.
He was on his way to the front.
“Just his name and the Earnhardt legacy and Daytona mixed into the same sentence is so powerful,” Busch said.
“For him to go 20 years before he won his first race here in 1998, it was amazing to watch. The outpouring of support from all the teams, of course the fans, the other drivers. When he passed away, we lost so much of our leadership in the garage area, how he communicated with NASCAR to develop rules or explain to them how the cars needed to be changed or adjusted.
“The one thing that came from his passing was the safety innovations in our sport, and that has continued with his legacy. We’ve kept so many drivers safe since that point.”
It has been 10 years. It is still almost beyond comprehension that It Happened to him.
“That was my first Daytona 500,” Busch said. “To have that type of news, to have those type of feelings of ‘What am I getting into?’ We just lost the most iconic individual of our time, other than Richard Petty, and here I am starting my first race. It’s amazing that 10 years have passed since it happened.”
I never interviewed Dale Earnhardt one-on-one, don’t have an anecdote to share or surely I would. R-J sports editor Joe Hawk sat with him in the back of a limousine, 11 days after Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 after all those years of trying. The Intimidator was a pussy cat, Joe said. When he learned I was writing this column, it took Hawk all of three seconds to find his and print it out.
A week doesn’t go by that I don’t pull alongside a pickup truck with a gun rack in back, or a black Monte Carlo, or even a Toyota, for cryin’ out loud, sporting one of those decals that says its driver remembers Dale Earnhardt, usually accompanied by a big No. 3, his car number, displayed at a slanted angle that suggests a goodly amount of speed — as if it, too, were headed for the front.
For what it’s worth and for whatever reason, I have yet to see a decal with President Kennedy’s name or the number PT-109 on somebody’s back window.
in Dirt Bikes, Motorcross, Racing, Supercross
as dirtbikes, motorcross, motorcycles, racing, supercross, supercross as dirtbikes
Have you heard of supercross motorcycle racing before Supercross motorcycle racing is a sport that is popular in America. However, despite that popularity, there are still many individuals who have no idea what supercross is. If you are one of those individuals, you are urged to learn about this sport. It is so fun, exciting, and action packed that there is a good chance that you will be a supercross motorcycle fan, in no time at all.
If you enjoy watching professional racing, especially NASCAR, there is a good chance that you will also enjoy supercross motorcycle racing. This is because, like most other forms of racing, supercross is an action packed, competitive sport. If you are watching a supercross race, whether that race is live or televised, you will likely be on the edge of your seat.
Although supercross was earlier compared to NASCAR, you will find that the two actually have little in common, besides the fact that they are both popular and both are focused on racing. While NASCAR uses traditional race cars, also sometimes referred to as sports cars, supercross uses motorcycles. What is unique about these motorcycles is that they are not the ones that you regularly see on the highway; they are offroad bikes made especially for offroad racing.
In addition to using offroad motorcycles, supercross varies from a number of other forms of racing, especially when it comes to the racing surface. Like many other forms of racing, including asphalt racing or traditional dirt track racing, you will find that supercross racing events take place on manmade tracks.
These manmade tracks are often indoors. The tracks will vary, depending on the type of supercross race, but most tracks have numerous obstacles, which include jumps. The goal of supercross is to maneuver your motorcycle throughout the track to finish first.
As previously mentioned, the type of manmade track will all depend on the type of supercross race being run. Supercross is a professional racing sport, but it is not just limited to professional racing. Men, women, and children from all across the United States have started taking part in this fun and exciting sport. Those riders are often referred to as amateur supercross racers. Amateur supercross racers may race at a local track.
In fact, many local individuals and business owners have come together to sponsor local supercross drivers, as well as provide funding for the tracks. Although these events may not be considered professional, they are rapidly increasing in popularity. In fact, they are so popular that you may even have a local supercross or motocross track in or around your neighborhood.
In addition to local supercross tracks, there are many individuals who have made their own. Although most professional supercross racing tracks are indoor tracks, most amateurs have or use ones that are outdoors. A large number of wanttobe professional riders have made the decision to develop a track in their own backyard or in nearby fields.
However, the only downside to doing this is that racers are often on their own. In the event that an accident occurs, it may be more difficult to obtain help, when compared to racing at professional tracks and sanctioned events.
Now that you know what supercross motorcycle racing is, you may either want to become a fan or a racer. Whichever you wish to be, there is a good chance that you will be enjoying the sport of supercross motorcycle racing for years to come.
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Are you a parent? If so, whether you are the parent of a boy or a girl, you will find that your child may be interested in supercross motorcycle racing. Supercross motorcycle racing is a sport that is popular among individuals of all ages; however, the action packed excitement is what appeals to most teenagers and other children.
This is why there is a chance that your child will not only be interested in being a fan of the sport, but a participant as well. The good news is that, in most cases, they can, if you want them to. This is because there is such as thing as supercross motorcycle racing for kids.
Supercross racing is most well known for its indoor racing events. Supercross motorcycle racing was derived from the popular sport of motocross. Motocross, like supercross racing, involves an offroad track and offroad motorcycles. Since motocross tracks are outside, they are often larger and the races tend to take longer.
However, except for those differences, the two sports are the same. If your child is interested in motocross, it may be a good idea to start them out on a supercross track since it is smaller.
Perhaps, the first thing that you should do is see if there is a local track in your area. If you live in the rural country area, there is a good chance that you will have access to a motocross track, since they are outdoors. There are some rural areas, as well as city areas, that have developed indoor supercross motorcycle racing tracks.
Many times, the only difference between these tracks and professional tracks is that they are permanent. Professionals need to travel around the country to race; therefore, their racing surfaces are only temporarily laid down.
If you are unable to find a local supercross racing track, or even a motocross one, you shouldnt necessarily discourage your child from participating in this sport. Although supercross racing does involve racing on manmade tracks, almost always indoors, you can still help keep your child interested in the sport. Depending on where you live, you may have a backyard that is perfect for offroad motorcycle riding.
Your backyard would be the perfect place for your child to learn traditional motocross or supercross techniques. In the event that you later find access to a supercross motorcycle track, especially one that will allow children to use it, you may find that your child is bettered prepared from all their practice.
Once you have found that you and your child have access to a local supercross motorcycle racing track, or even if you decide to you use your own backyard, you will want to purchase the necessary equipment. Depending on where you live, you should easily be able to find a supercross bike, as well as all of the needed safety equipment. Some large sports stores carry the safety equipment.
Recreational sports stores, such as the ones that sell offroad motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles, should not only have the motorcycles, but the safety equipment needed as well. If, by chance, you cannot find what you are looking for, you are urged to examine online shopping. With online shopping, you have a better chance of finding what you are looking for.
Although, shopping for supercross motorcycle racing equipment may seem easy enough, it isnt always. You will want to remember that it is your child who will be participating in the sport. This means that you will want to purchase supplies that will fit them. This often means that you not only need to shop for youth safety equipment, but a youth motorcycle as well.
If you need assistance, picking out these supplies and equipment, you may want to think about shopping at a recreational or outdoor sports store. Many of these store employees have experience with sizing children to equipment, including offroad bikes.
After your child is all setup and ready to go, you will probably enjoy the experience just as much as they do. Although the experience will likely be fun, it is important to remember that supercross motorcycle racing can be a dangerous sport.
You may want to think about enrolling your child in an offroad motorcycle course or a youth racing course. If you are unable to do this, it is okay. You just need to remember to always keep an eye on your child, regardless of whether they are in a supercross motorcycle racing venue or in your own backyard.