This one’s for you Dale

April 24, 2007

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I am by no means a NASCAR fan. In fact, I am probably the farthest thing from it. I find it ridiculous that racers can drive around a track for hours at a time and consider it a sport. With that said, I think what Jeff Gordon did this past week was one of the most honorable and kind-hearted things I have seen in sports in a long time.

Gordon, who tied Dale Earnhardt Sr. for sixth place all-time on the career wins list, held out a flag with Earnhardt’s No. 3 on it as he made his victory lap at Phoenix International Raceway. It was just a small gesture, but one that did not go unnoticed by Earnhardt’s son, Dale Jr. The father, who was killed at the Daytona 500 back in 2001, was one of Gordon’s fiercest competitors. The carrying of the flag was just one minor way Gordon had hoped to honor his former friend.

In a time when sports mean so much to society, this small gesture by Gordon means so much more than many people realize.

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