February 18, 2001 is a day no one in the NASCAR world will ever forget.
As she always did, Stevie Waltrip, wife of racing legend Darrell Waltrip, wrote a Bible verse on a piece of duct tape and passed it to NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt to put on his dash.
Darrell said: “He’d get out of his car and go looking for the piece of duct tape, if he didn’t have it.” Darrell’s younger brother won the Daytona 500 that day, but Dale Earhardt, attempting to block oncoming traffic for him, lost control, hitting the outside retaining wall. Dale Earnhardt died on impact.
The Bible verse still affixed to the dash was from Proverbs 18:10: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”