Tuesday, February 20, 2001

NASCAR says the show will go on




Gannett News Service

        The NASCAR Winston Cup schedule will not be suspended, despite the death of Dale Earnhardt.

        “It will go on this weekend at Rockingham,” NASCAR president Mike Helton said Monday.

        Series drivers will arrive at North Carolina Speedway on Friday at Rockingham, N.C., for Sunday's race.

        It is unclear whether the three cars owned by Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) for his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Park and Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will compete this weekend. Waltrip indicated Monday he planned to race.

        Steve Crisp, an employee at DEI, said he thought the teams would participate. Dale Jr. said late Sunday that it would be his father's desire that racing continue.

        “We'll get through this,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I'm sure he'd want us to keep going, so that's what were going to do.”

        NASCAR has not considered whether the No. 3 Earnhardt drove will be retired. “We haven't thought that far down the road,” Helton said.

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