Steve Hummer: 20 years after his death, Dale Earnhardt still influences racing

Feb. 18, is an infamous anniversary in racing, and in 2021 it will mark the 20th year since the last fatal wreck in NASCAR. That the driver was the grittiest, hardest-charging, quintessential, most discussed and cussed wheel man that we’ll ever know makes the date indelible. Twenty years ago Dale Earnhardt hit the wall in his sport’s Super Bowl, the Daytona 500. In this world, time is the only thing faster than Earnhardt. Impossible that it has been so long since he crashed on the last turn of the last lap of the big race — oh, so close to making it safely home. And just like that we’d never a…

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