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Despite Earnhardt's Death, DuraLube 400 Will Take Place

Posted February 18, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced Tuesday that he will participate in Sunday's DuraLube 400 at the North Carolina Speedway despite his father's death.

The elder Earnhardt, who was scheduled to race Sunday, won three times at the speedway. The most memorable was when he clinched his seventh Winston Cup Championship in October 1994.

Race organizers say because he loved the sport, Dale Earnhardt would never want them to put the brakes on the race.

"He would want it to go on. He has a son that races and other teams that are racing, so I think he would realize that," says Chris Browning, general manager of North Carolina Motor Speedway.

A special tribute to the man known as "The Intimidator" is being planned for Sunday's race.