May 21, 2022

The bible verse in his car before the 2001 Daytona 500

The following is an excerpt from an exclusive Daytona Beach News-Journal story for our subscribers on the death of Dale Earnhardt. For the full story, click here.

For seven years, Darrell Waltrip’s wife, Stevie Waltrip, put a bible verse in Dale Earnhardt’s iconic No.3 Chevrolet.

Waltrip – the Daytona 500 winner in 1989 – and Earnhardt had been fierce competitors on the track for years, but had also gotten closer to the track.

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“He and Stevie were also very good friends,” Waltrip told the News-Journal. “She had been putting paperwork in her car since 1994, when Neil (Bonnett) was killed.”

It was no different for the 2001 Daytona 500 – Earnhardt’s last race.

Even though the newly retired Waltrip was now in the Fox TV booth instead of the race, Stevie still managed to sneak onto the 500 starting grid and place his bible verse in Earnhardt’s number 3 within minutes. before the invocation.

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“She was stressed out about it, and I just told her she would understand,” recalls Waltrip.

As Earnhardt got into the car, his handwriting awaited him. It was Proverbs 18:10:

The Lord is like a strong tower, where the righteous can go and be safe.

“It turned out to be exactly what he needed in the car that day,” Waltrip said.