BMS to dedicate Dale Earnhardt Terrace
during Sharpie 500 pre-race ceremoniesBristol Motor Speedway
(August 12, 2003)
Bristol Motor Speedway officially will dedicate the new Dale Earnhardt Terrace Grandstand
during Sharpie 500 pre-race ceremonies on August 23. The late Dale Earnhardt joins Richard
Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Alan Kulwicki, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and
the Allisons in having a grandstand named in his honor.
At Bristol on April 1, 1979, Dale Earnhardt recorded the first of his 76 career NASCAR
Winston Cup Series victories. The seven-time champion won nine Winston Cup races and one
Busch Series event on "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." From 1985 to 1988, he won
five out of eight Winston Cup events here. He made his mark in the sport and at Bristol
Motor Speedway not just by winning, but also by how he won. His intense driving style and
his desire to win always came to the forefront at Bristol and helped establish him as the
icon of NASCAR racing throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
"Dale Earnhardt truly is one of Bristol Motor Speedways all-time greatest
heroes, if not the greatest," said Jeff Byrd, BMS president and general manager.
"It is only fitting that we honor his accomplishments and the memorable moments he
gave us here at Bristol by adding his name to the list of legendary figures which grace
A variety of weekend features and pre-race activities highlight the Earnhardt Terrace
Upon their arrival to Bristol Motor Speedway for the race weekend, fans will notice the
new Earnhardt Terrace signage at Elevator Tower 7. The backlit verbiage reads
"Earnhardt Terrace" in red letters. Located above the terrace designation is a
20 x 20 panel reflecting the Dale Earnhardt Legacy logo.
The official Sharpie 500 Souvenir Program cover features artwork from renown racing artist
Sam Bass. To commemorate the Earnhardt Terrace dedication Bass combined more than a dozen
scenes from the drivers memorable Bristol history into one montage. The artwork
spans the years from Earnhardts first career Winston Cup win through the hugely
successful 80s (when he won five of the eight Cup races from 1985-88) to his
last performance at the track.
Bass will make a special presentation of the artwork during the dedication ceremony.
The pre-race dedication will originate from the middle of the backstretch facing the
Earnhardt Terrace and will include the unveiling of the Earnhardt Plaque. The plaque will
become part of the "Heroes of Bristol" garden to be located at Bristols
new office building complex on which construction begins following the Sharpie 500 race
weekend. The plaque will be displayed along with the plaques of others who have
grandstands named in their honor.
The ceremony also will include radio highlights (MRN and PRN race recordings) of
Earnhardts great Bristol moments as well as a Winston Vision montage of
Earnhardts Bristol career.
A U.S. Navy fly-over consisting of three jets and three fireworks blasts, signifying
Earnhardts familiar Car No. 3 will accent the terrace dedication ceremonies.
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