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Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fiery crash, but...

by Angeline Booher / July 19, 2004 8:29 AM PDT

... will race on Sunday.

ATLANTA ( -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. will compete Sunday in a NASCAR race in New Hampshire, despite suffering second-degree burns to his legs and face in a fiery wreck last weekend, his friend said Monday.

Earnhardt suffered burns to 6 percent of his body -- his chin and the inside of both legs -- in Sunday's accident during a practice run for a race in Sonoma, Calif., his doctor said

Earnhardt was driving a Corvette C5-R in a practice session for the American LeMans Series at Infineon Raceway when the car spun and hit a barrier in Turn 8 of the track, then became engulfed in flames.

Earnhardt, who was wearing a burn suit and a full-face helmet, climbed out of the car on his own but was unable to recall the accident after being airlifted to the hospital, said Greenhalgh

The video of the burning car, with him in it, made me wonder how he survived, even with the burn suit.

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(NT) (NT) Re: Glad he's OK. Even though I root for someone else
by Mary Kay / July 19, 2004 8:36 AM PDT
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Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fiery crash, but...
by Rolway / July 19, 2004 9:26 AM PDT

Hi Angeline:

I've been following that crash and sure glad it was'nt any worse. Hope it does'nt effect his racing skills this Sunday in NH.

Both my Sons, Grandson and Granddaughters will be going to the race. My youngest Boy got 6 tickets from his usual connection up there. Good seats too. Everybody grab them before I had a chance get one. They said, your too old for this stuff Pop. So, unless one decides not to go I'll be on the couch watching the TV Sad I've got an offical Earnhardt Jacket and Hat too. I suppose one of them will be after that before the week is out. Sad


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Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fiery crash, but...
by John Robie / July 19, 2004 10:08 AM PDT

Same here George. My son goes all the time up to Ft. Worth and the Texas Speedway to watch NASCAR. He even went to the last race at Talledaga(s). I'm just too old to wade through 200,000 people meeting at one place. Last NASCAR races I attended were at Nashville and up in NY at Watkins Glen. I like it now watching on TV with a beverage and snacks, thinking... oh you people and that traffic.

Jr. and that fire was a trip for temp stopping my lungs. I don't have his hat, but a couple of his Dad's, the world's best race driver that ever lived.


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Re: Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fiery crash, but...
by Rolway / July 19, 2004 10:17 AM PDT

Yes, his Dad sure was John. Terrific Man. One of the greats thats for sure. Both on the track and off.


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Just guessing here, but...
by Paul C / July 19, 2004 8:29 PM PDT

...when I saw the whole video, smoke began pouring out of the driver's area shortly after the fire began. I don't know for sure, but I'll venture to guess that the ALMS cars have an on-board fire suppression system like NASCAR has in its racecars, and that Earnhardt activated it as soon as it got real warm in there...

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