The 10-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death in the Daytona 500
One of the darkest days in NASCAR history was remembered at this year's Daytona 500. The occasion marked 10 years since Dale Earnhardt, the seven-time Cup champion and 1998 Daytona 500 winner, was killed in the last turn of the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Much of Speedweeks at Daytona was devoted to remembering Earnhardt and how that fateful day led to dramatic improvements in safety, including the mandatory use of the Head and Neck Support (HANS) Device and the implementation of the SAFER Barrier. It was also a celebration of Earnhardt's tremendous career and the impact he left on NASCAR.