Ralph Earnhardt died in 1973, almost a full year before his grandson was born. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had seen photos of his grandfather and listened to stories about the first racer in the family, but he never felt as if he knew the man.
Then Dale Earnhardt Sr. discovered footage the Earnhardts believe is the only known video of Ralph Earnhardt speaking on film. He was being interviewed after a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Earnhardt Sr. popped the tape in for his son to watch.
“We were sitting in Dad’s office in DEI and he said ‘You are going to see Ralph Earnhardt talk, and you are going to hear him talk and this is the only footage that exists.’ So me and Dad sat there and watched it. I had seen pictures of Ralph, I had no idea what he sounded like and I had no idea what his mannerisms were like and in that moment, I was meeting him.”
Earnhardt recalled that moment with his father, watching the grandfather he never met, in an interview with The Associated Press about a new Goodyear commercial that will air during the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
The spot is called “Make a Name” and honors the Earnhardts’ long relationship with the tire maker. A.J. Croce covered his late father’s song, ‘I Got A Name,’ for the commercial, which depicts a young Earnhardt idolizing his father, growing into his own role as a racer, and now shifting in retirement to a job in television.
The Goodyear blimp will feature #MakeAName instead of its usual brand name at the Daytona 500, where Earnhardt is the grand marshal.
Earnhardt has always been careful about incorporating his father, a seven-time champion and Hall of Famer, into his own marketing. Earnhardt Sr. was killed in a crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
His son went on to win two Daytona 500s but retired at the end of last season because of a history of concussions. He’s now married, expecting his first child this spring, and transitioning into jobs outside the race car.
This Goodyear script was a winner for him, though, because he’s long felt a connection to the Croce song and because his family had such a strong relationship with the tire company. When Goodyear battled Hoosier in the brief tire war to hit NASCAR, Earnhardt Jr. said his father was one of only two drivers to remain loyal to Goodyear.
“I really try to stick with things that are told in a way that I am celebrating him, and Goodyear and his relationship with Goodyear was really strong when he was racing,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I’ve always been mindful of people saying that I rode on his coattails. I’ve been aware of that my whole career and I don’t want people to think I’ve ever taken advantage of my last name, or done anything that my Daddy wouldn’t appreciate.
“I just go off of my gut feeling. If it feels weird or uncomfortable, or is not something I’m proud of, then I just don’t have to do it. I’m in a good financial position. I don’t need to be out there selling my father. He’s not mine to sell.”
Earnhardt was proud of the finished Goodyear spot, and he understands the importance of imagery and video in capturing the essence of his family. His sister’s children never had a relationship with Earnhardt Sr. Neither did his wife, and his unborn daughter will never know her grandfather.
“We have to try our best to paint this picture for them and one of the greatest examples of this is when Daddy showed me the Ralph Earnhardt footage,” Earnhardt said.
Seeing the material doesn’t bother Earnhardt. But he admitted that talking about his childhood, or recalling his father, can be difficult.
“I get emotional when I talk about it. I don’t get emotional when I watch it. When I sit down with Kelley and talk about our childhood or Dad, it always gets emotional. It always does,” he said. “It’s sad sometimes. When I have my daughter, it will be super sad thinking about Dad, wishing he could see what I was able to accomplish, the man I have become, having a child. I just would love if he could meet her and see what’s going on.”
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The Latest Nc State Had Cut Ties With Former Nba Agent
The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times local):
North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow says the school in 2012 disassociated itself from a former NBA agent at the center of a federal probe into college basketball corruption.
According to a Yahoo Sports report Friday, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from Andy Miller and his agency.
A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under “Loan to Players,” including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played at N.C. State last season.
N.C. State had sent Miller and his businesses a 10-year disassociation letter, citing NCAA reports that indicate the agent worked closely with an AAU coach and saying that “creates a vulnerability” for the school “that we cannot tolerate.”
Yow says the school will fully cooperate with any investigations.
Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.
Yahoo said Friday that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Duke’s Wendell Carter and Alabama’s Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. According to the report, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports.
NCAA president Mark Emmert says in a statement Friday the allegations “if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.”
A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under “Loan to Players,” including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played one season at North Carolina State in 2016-17.
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Olympic Curling Standings: Team Gb Fixtures, Results, Tables, Final, Bronze Medal Match And Schedule For The Women’s And Men’s Teams At Winter Olympics
WINTER OLYMPIC curling is back and Team GB will be looking to be among the medals again.
In a hugely impressive performance in Sochi, the men picked up the silver medal as they finished runners-up to Canada.
PA:Press Association Eve Muirhead is looking to improve on a bronze medal in Sochi
And the women added a bronze, beating Switzerland in the 3rd/4th place match.
Here are all the dates for your diary as both teams look to do even better in Pyeongchang.
Team GB women’s curling fixtures and results
14/2/2018: 5.05am: Great Britain 10 OAR 3
15/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 4 United States 7
15/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 8 China 7
17/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 7 Denmark 6
17/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 4 South Korea 7
18/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 6 Sweden 8
CURL OF MY DREAMS Russian curler Anastasia Bryzgalova sends fans wild on social media with stunning looks
19/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 8 Switzerland 7
20/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 8 Japan 6
21/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 6 Canada 5
23/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 5 Sweden 10 – Semi-final
24/2/2018 – 11.05am: Bronze medal game
Team GB women will compete in the bronze medal game after losing to Sweden in the semi-final
Team GB men’s curling fixtures and results
14/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 6 Switzerland 5
14/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 4 Canada 6
15/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 6 Japan 5
16/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 6 Sweden 8
17/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 5 South Korea 11
18/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 7 Italy 6
19/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 7 Denmark 6
20/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 10 Norway 3
21/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 4 United States 10
22/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 5 Switzerland 9 – Tie-breaker
Men’s curling table
The dream is over for Team GB men after they lost their tie-breaker to Switzerland
Great Britain Vs Sweden Curling Result: Did Team Gb Make It Into Winter Olympics 2018 Final?
TEAM GB were back in curling action as the girls continued their quest for gold.
Eve Muirhead led her team to a bronze medal in Sochi and was aiming to go one better as the Brits took on Sweden in the semi.
Reuters Eve Muirhead is looking to improve on the bronze won in Sochi
The women’s team are now the last hope of a medal in the sport after the men lost their tie-break to Switzerland.
When was Team GB vs Sweden curling?
Great Britain took on Sweden in the curling semi-final on Friday, February 23.
The match will began at 11.05am (8.05pm South Korean time).
What TV channel was Team GB vs Sweden curling on?
The semi-final will be shown live on BBC.
Coverage will begin on BBC One and then switch to BBC Two when the news comes on at 1pm.
You can also live stream the match on the BBC iPlayer.
Full Team GB curling fixtures, results, standings and schedule for Winter Olympics 2018
Who played in the other semi-final?
Hosts South Korea secured a dramatic win over Japan in the other curling semi-final.
The Japanese dramatically forced an extra end with a steal at the death, but it was the Koreans who ultimately triumphed 8-7 in end 11 by the finest of margins.
What was Great Britain vs Sweden curling result?
Great Britain were beaten 10-5 in the curling semi-final.
Eve Muirhead’s team were unable to respond to an excellent Swedish performance, which featured a three-shot steal in the seventh end.
Team GB will now be back in action in the bronze medal match against Japan on Saturday, as they look to repeat their performance in Sochi.
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