#1 Wanting out of the limelight
Heading into the 2001 Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt had already amassed 76 victories, seven championships and one Daytona 500 victory, which meant that he had pretty much accomplished everything the sport had to offer at their highest level. Not only that, Dale Earnhardt had also been launched into hero like status over the past couple of years, which was said to make The Intimidator uncomfortable.
With that being said, the reason why this is number one on the list is due to the fact of just how unbelievable it all is. In fact, any NASCAR fan, past or present, would probably find it hard to believe that Earnhardt didn’t soak up the attention given to him during his historic career. Unfortunately for these fans, there are reports of Dale Earnhardt acting very suspicious leading up to the 2001 Daytona 500.
Not only that, Dale Earnhardt gave a very prophetic pray to his team and his teammates after a red flag halted the action halfway into the race and during it he mentioned things getting more dangerous and unpredictable. He ended the pray by saying that they should thank god that they are all safe and healthy, which was really weird coming from a ma that would die less then two hours later after the incident of a lifetime.
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