Dale Earnhardt - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

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All sports have heroes, legends, and icons. Dale Earnhardt Sr. ticks all three of those boxes. NASCAR’s “Intimidator” is one of three men to win the Winston Cup Championship an incredible seven times, but the road to NASCAR glory wasn’t easy. His is a true story of the American dream! Join James Pumphrey as he rides shotgun in #3… buckle up NASCAR fans, and let’s do it for Dale!

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“Pass in the Grass” footage courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway, LLC.

Big thanks to the primary source for this episode, “At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt,” by Leigh Montville

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  • I was expecting dale jr to comment

    Anything AutomotiveAnything Automotive57 minutit tagasi

    Micko PaparoMicko Paparo5 tundi tagasi
  • does anyone know the name of the song in 0:21 ?

    Drago RyoDrago Ryo7 tundi tagasi
  • Do it for Dale!!!!

    Emery LindemanEmery Lindeman15 tundi tagasi
  • Next up to speed gotta be about Dan Gurney

    Mason PearceMason Pearce19 tundi tagasi
  • Great video man😥bravo👏👏

  • I avoided this video until day…..I remember this day so well. As a racing fan F1 NASCAR Indy Etc….DALE IS STILL MY FAVORITE DRIVER.

    Jamia LenardJamia LenardPäev tagasi
  • Anyone know the song that the killer riff belongs to in the beginning of the video??

    Macaulay DavidsonMacaulay DavidsonPäev tagasi
  • you forgot the one year he raced Corvette Racing's C5.R at the Rolex 24.

    Flashrocket ChapmanFlashrocket ChapmanPäev tagasi
  • Good luck penny, honest to goodness emotion, and my autosport reference is now donut awesome and da feeling media. Damnamagang! If I find out you did a senna imola episode I might need someone to hold my hand.... And I weigh 130 kg with a centre of gravity akin to a London bus.

    Andy DenisonAndy Denison2 päeva tagasi
    • BBC and NBC would hold their lip but this is exactly how history should be exposed... With deep down heart.

      Andy DenisonAndy DenisonPäev tagasi
    • Ooouff #feels

      Andy DenisonAndy Denison2 päeva tagasi
  • 11:38 pause

    beancraftboy21beancraftboy212 päeva tagasi
  • You joke but I actually had a hollow humorous bone which broke 4 times before I had to get steroids injected into the bone.

    Chris BrownChris Brown2 päeva tagasi
  • Raise hell, praise Dale

    Andrew RichAndrew Rich2 päeva tagasi

    Ryan The GreatRyan The Great2 päeva tagasi
  • A thing on rock crawler

    Hector EdmondsonHector Edmondson2 päeva tagasi
  • I'm far from a nascar fan , But Dale was just one of those figures that will live forever in hearts of motorsports fans world wide forever . Do it for Dale!!

    Jardin BootJardin Boot2 päeva tagasi
  • Up to speed on rusty Wallace guys. My grandmother just passed away and her and I have loved rusty since I was 5

    Nicholas BinghamNicholas Bingham3 päeva tagasi
  • Thank you Dale!

    Brandon SiasBrandon Sias3 päeva tagasi
  • The next Up To Speed should be about either Polaris or the Chevy C-10. Please James

    Landon VonderhaarLandon Vonderhaar3 päeva tagasi
  • I was born about 3 years after Dale died. When I was about 5, my uncle (the most unlikely nascar fan, don’t ask why) showed me this collection he had where he said he recorded every single Dale race. He played me the most important ones in chronological order, which made me a fan. Then he showed me the last one. The last recording ended before the race did.

    Da One TLDa One TL3 päeva tagasi
  • EmpLemon made a pretty good video aswell on Dale earmhart if anyone wants to see it but this is pretty good

    The Boolin RedneckThe Boolin Redneck3 päeva tagasi
  • FOR DALE !!!! 😭😭😭

  • Raise hell praise Dale!!!!!

    Raymond WalkerRaymond Walker4 päeva tagasi
  • Please we need a up to speed in keiichi tsuchiya

    boof boboof bo4 päeva tagasi
  • Your the man bro! Can just tell you're so down to earth

    bluecamarodriver94bluecamarodriver944 päeva tagasi
  • DO IT FOR DALE I love you, thank you for that awesome vision for the younger generation to strive for

    yarrowind9yarrowind94 päeva tagasi
  • Great tribute. Although I grew up in the 90s I didn't start watching Nascar until my adulthood. This was very informative and solidifies the respect he earned throughout his career. Thank you for making this video it tonight me alot about a legend.

    Steve PoseySteve Posey4 päeva tagasi
  • Goat

    Chase SchwinnChase Schwinn5 päeva tagasi
  • My favorite episode of up to speed ever

    Jarrett ReeseJarrett Reese5 päeva tagasi
  • He's either invincible or the goat or both. he's the invincible goat.

    Bolisay Jeff Ronan M.Bolisay Jeff Ronan M.5 päeva tagasi
  • I have so much Dale Earnhart collectibles. My favorite thing abt him is that everyone said that when he died, nascar died. Which was so true

    Hayden NewtonHayden Newton5 päeva tagasi
  • "Darth Vader black car." That was awesome...long with the laser effects

    Cody DillonCody Dillon5 päeva tagasi
  • I hope someone close to Dale Jr. showed him this video, to show him how much people still love and care about his dad and what he did for racing. To remind him how he inspired people he never even met and 20 years later still brings them to tears. Thank you James for not editing out those moments and showing the true passion you have for this, you're a great guy and you guys at Donut are a great team. Do it for Dale.

    Tyler GriffisTyler Griffis5 päeva tagasi
  • great

    Joe HamJoe Ham5 päeva tagasi
  • What is Kevin Spacey doin at 5:18 in the back

    AHappyTeddyDogAHappyTeddyDog5 päeva tagasi
  • I remember the newscast the day he died... When I first heard it, I thought nothing of it... People die all the time I'm motorsports back then... But when I realized who it was, I had to watch again... And upon realizing who it was, my heart stopped at that moment... I couldn't believe it... Denial set in... I didn't want to believe the man was gone... I watched a many of races, looking for that black number 3 that never showed... Eventually I accepted he was gone... Though I never met the in person, I felt as though I lost a member of my family... I grew up watching up watching Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bennie Pearson, Rusty Wallace... Guys like that... Earnhardt was a mentor of mine... And when I took up racing for a short time, I learned from him... I'm a sim racer now, but still use the Earnhardt mentality... Dale Earnhardt Sr., You will not be forgotten... He now is among other motorsport Legends like Ayrton Senna, Colin McRae, Sapine Schmidt, and others... Drivers come and drivers go, but the LEGENDS, live forever...

    The RayvenThe Rayven5 päeva tagasi
  • Fake cry

    Twinz888Twinz8885 päeva tagasi
  • That damn penny got me

    2112121122112121126 päeva tagasi
  • NC BBQ sucks. I wouldn’t even consider it BBQ. And the sauce was pretty much just vinegar.

    2112121122112121126 päeva tagasi
  • This has been my favorite up to speed so far. Made me tear up a little. #DO IT FOR DALE

    Weston VaughnWeston Vaughn6 päeva tagasi
  • I remember it all when it happen but thanks James for making a 36 year old man into a cry baby. Go Dale #3

    Clint GirodatClint Girodat6 päeva tagasi
  • The earthy nylon methodically dislike because gold briefly bang despite a magenta low. giddy, noisy palm

    Destiny TomDestiny Tom6 päeva tagasi
  • Bro it could not had been any better if anyone else had done it.

    Steven ClackleySteven Clackley6 päeva tagasi
  • It’s said that If dale been involved in the first crash he might not have died in the second one because he wouldn’t be in the position he was in

    charles hubercharles huber7 päeva tagasi
  • His crash was a ridiculous way to die. How could someone survive the 96 crash and die with a ridiculous wall hit like this?!

    Gabriel MacedoGabriel Macedo7 päeva tagasi
  • Dale lives in my motor.

    shaggjkh1985shaggjkh19857 päeva tagasi
  • My dream car is now a simple monte carlo with the number 3 on it

    BloxRecordsBloxRecords8 päeva tagasi
  • Are we not gonna talk about the time he flipped the car and went back into the race

    Will HandWill Hand8 päeva tagasi
  • EmpLemon made a brilliant video about Dale Earnhardt. Seriously check it out.

    MindblowMindblow8 päeva tagasi
  • Dale Earnhardt... GREAT driver, but willing to put ANYONE into the wall in order to win. REGARDLESS of the danger that entailed.

    I_AM2I_AM28 päeva tagasi
  • Hey guys! Where is my Nissan Stagea Up to Speed video??? ❤

    LatinoHeatWinLatinoHeatWin8 päeva tagasi
  • Greatest nickname in sports history.

    Tim GTim G8 päeva tagasi
  • Dale didn't have enough of a single paint for his first car. So, he combined all of the paint cans together to have enough. It came out pink! It also was good enough to run near the top. Won enough money for more paint!

    Tim GTim G8 päeva tagasi
  • Best and hardest episode to watch

    Darrell WiegandDarrell Wiegand8 päeva tagasi
  • 20 years later and we still do it for dale.

    Pat ClevengerPat Clevenger9 päeva tagasi
  • Doooooooo it for daaaale

    Patrick CastilloPatrick Castillo9 päeva tagasi
  • I remember where I was when I saw Dale Earnhardt's death: I was at a friend's birthday party that day and got to watch the final laps at home on Topeka Avenue in Wildwood Crest, NJ, and when I saw Ken Schrader frantically waiving his arms for safety crews, I knew something was wrong, and I was six

    Patrick KennedyPatrick Kennedy9 päeva tagasi
  • Dale was Nascar

    Hot DogsHot Dogs9 päeva tagasi
  • My wife started crying during this...and she knows nothing about cars or racing. well done!

    MattMatt9 päeva tagasi
  • Niki Lauda next?

    Ben McDonaldBen McDonald9 päeva tagasi
  • You gotta be a legend to have a fucking amazing roller coaster named after you

    Andrew ONeilAndrew ONeil9 päeva tagasi
  • Damn, who put this lump in my throat🥺

    Noah McBrideNoah McBride9 päeva tagasi
  • had me tearing up

    EternityEternity10 päeva tagasi
  • I wasn't expecting this story to hit me in the feels as hard as it did

    Tony BraswellTony Braswell10 päeva tagasi
  • Truly inspiring. #3

    The UmonstaThe Umonsta10 päeva tagasi
  • WTF, why are my eyes sweating? 😭

    Remi RamosRemi Ramos10 päeva tagasi
  • You made me cry infront of my mom

    Thomas LeducThomas Leduc10 päeva tagasi
  • I was in Daytona, right outside the Speedway when the crash happened. 😢

    Remi RamosRemi Ramos10 päeva tagasi
  • Best video Ive seen man seeing nascar reminds me of my dad hard-working guy I miss him allot rest in peace to my pops and to dale earnhardt.

    Brandon TalamanteBrandon Talamante10 päeva tagasi
  • I cry when he passed 3 forever

    CorDarrius BoweCorDarrius Bowe10 päeva tagasi
  • came back to rewatch this one again, and damn if it doesn't hit just as hard. you guys did phenomenal on this episode of up to speed

    Alec StageAlec Stage10 päeva tagasi
  • Can I still get a sticker? 😭

    Sloppy 1 HundredSloppy 1 Hundred10 päeva tagasi
  • "Racing, like North Carolina BBQ Sauce was in his blood" this dude hilarious 😂 He should try stand up comedy

    Sloppy 1 HundredSloppy 1 Hundred10 päeva tagasi
  • This was an awesome video. I have been a HUGE Dale fan and cried myself when he died watching that race.

    peterx213peterx21310 päeva tagasi
  • Not gonna lie that dumbass ad with that that dumbass skit ruined the video for me. Please do better so I don’t have to beat my wife out of frustration.

    mike westbrookmike westbrook10 päeva tagasi
  • Blue Collar Forever

    bk_nreynolds 32bk_nreynolds 3210 päeva tagasi
  • raise hell praise dale #3🕊

    meltedwogsmeltedwogs10 päeva tagasi
  • Got so much Dale Earnhardt memorabilia

    Josh 03Josh 0310 päeva tagasi
  • I came in for car info and walked out with wet eyes. That hit me right in the feelz

    Shaun FoleyShaun Foley11 päeva tagasi
  • Dale Sr. is my childhood hero, and i watch EVERYTHING there is to watch about him, but this video was near impossible for me to finish to the end. WHY is it so over-edited, with you constantly moving around all over the place, constant cuts, zoomed-in cuts on your face when you are talking about something ? Jesus Christ just SHOW us what you are talking about, instead of showing yourself sitting in front of a green screen half of the video ! Just awful editing all-around.

    TomLehockySVKTomLehockySVK11 päeva tagasi
  • Is "blocking" at 150mph allowed in NASCAR? I know whenever I'm trying to do something for one of my kids, I don't look out for me, and make dumb mistakes. Wasn't Dale Sr. blocking for Dale Jr., who was on another team? Isn't that some kind of cheating? Am I going too far in suspecting that he was endangering his life as well as that of the drivers near him? Unnecessarily? No boo hoo for me, thanks. Let's celebrate that he didn't take anyone else out.

    Papa TorrPapa Torr11 päeva tagasi
  • I remember hating Earnhardt my entire childhood, Davey Allison was my guy. But on the day of his death, even I mourned that legends passing. Earnhardt was NASCAR.

    SpikeRukalSpikeRukal11 päeva tagasi
  • Up to speed on a Mitsubishi Starion/ Chrysler Conquest

    Mango DangoMango Dango11 päeva tagasi
  • Ok I did…I lol a bit at the Darth Vader bit😬🤘🏻

    gnr311182pjgnr311182pj11 päeva tagasi
  • Why fucking dislikes??? Like folks!!!

    Marcos PauloMarcos Paulo11 päeva tagasi
  • 3

    CRIS LEMØNZCRIS LEMØNZ11 päeva tagasi
  • Yep me too buddy

    MechaNutsMechaNuts12 päeva tagasi
  • I’ve always loved cars and although I’ve always had an appreciation for NASCAR, I’ve never been huge into it. But watching this story timeline about Sr. sure hit me right in the feels! I have now gained a new level of appreciation for the sport and the legend! On a side note, several years ago I was at the Bar J Ranch in Jackson Hole, WY to have dinner at the Chuckwagon and watch the Bar J Wranglers perform. I walked into the men’s room to use the urinal and no shit, Richard Petty himself walked up and used the pisser right next to me! Later on outside the wife and I got his autograph on the back of a Walmart receipt she had in her purse. Lol, if that ain’t country I’ll kiss your ass!

    Ryan MisrasiRyan Misrasi12 päeva tagasi
  • I like this video

    DoItForDaleDoItForDale12 päeva tagasi
  • This is my first Donut video. I cried along with you brother as you spoke. Real emotion for a deserved legend, my respect for not doing an edited version with your emotions in check. Do it for Dale!

    Kevin Mopar12Kevin Mopar1212 päeva tagasi
  • 3

    Redhead JediRedhead Jedi12 päeva tagasi
  • "Dunkler Vater" is German for Dark Father, js

    Joe DJoe D12 päeva tagasi
  • I love the content Donut Media puts out and this is the best you’ve ever done. Raise hell, praise Dale!

    Michael McClendonMichael McClendon12 päeva tagasi
  • if you didn't know, in the tony stewart wreck earlier in the 2001 500, dale told richard childress "if they don't do something to these cars it's gonna end up killing someone"

    Drewlelel34Drewlelel3412 päeva tagasi
  • Do it for Dale!!!!! 😭😭😭😭

    Jonathan RiveraJonathan Rivera12 päeva tagasi
  • Ok your videos are getting dumb now no money should give to anyone here for anything . I ask Allah to protect us from all accidents. Sad for a great race-car driver

    Fursan*the knightFursan*the knight13 päeva tagasi
  • #doitfordale

    Santa Cruz GamersSanta Cruz Gamers13 päeva tagasi
  • Damn, this video was amazing. Thank you Donut for making the best content ever. #3 forever DO IT FOR DALE!

    Lancery 19XX GamingLancery 19XX Gaming13 päeva tagasi
  • 23:20 A wild Hélio Castroneves is spotted. A fellow 🐐

    Andrew WinslowAndrew Winslow13 päeva tagasi
  • Up to speed on Jimmie Johnson

    Andrew WinslowAndrew Winslow13 päeva tagasi