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

Avaldati 6 mai 2021
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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!

Footage © NASCAR media Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

“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

Thanks to Carlos R. Bobadilla for the killer illustrations on short notice. Check out more of his work on Instagram: sorqus

Big ups to Raghav Arumugam for the always stellar animation work. Dig his EEclone page channel for more: eeclone.info

Props to Guilherme Lopes (@_glopes on the gram) for the dope editing, and to Zach for bringing it home.

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  • Man James I love you brother keep up the awesome work man

  • Donut, You've made me laugh, be inspired, learn more than ever, but you've never made me weep over a racing story. Check that one off the list. I appreciate the great content

  • First time don’t media made me cry... what the duck dudes...

  • literally nobody knows that dude outside the US

  • You made me cry dick... lol. well done sir.... well done

  • Im Danish so nascar has never been my thing. I knew about Dale and all the references and all that, but I’ve never really heard the story and history about him. So seeing this and having James as the storyteller really made me cry with James. James passion and love for Dale made me very emotional with him. So here I am, a 19 year old danish mechanic crying in his bed…

  • Best video yet. It even choked me up! Amazing job guys.

  • Bio pic needed

  • Jeff Gordon would have at least tied Petty if they didn’t change the format to stop a Californian from tying the good old southern boys.

  • Dale was a driver I respected he was not my favorite but my favorite because I am a Ford fan but I know how all of his fans felt the day he passed because my favorite driver Davey Allison was killed in a helicopter crash I feel y'all's pain and after I dug deeper into Dale's life history the more I respected the man in black he was truly an american hero he showed us all that hard work and determination and passion for your dreams can make them come true I miss Dale like I miss my favorite driver Davey they both had similar early years with the exception that Davy did have the advantage of his father bobby but bobby made Davey earn his own way it wasent give to him bobby made sure if your gonna drive your gonna earn it but dale had to do it by himself after his dad passed and had it hard but push on through to make it making the common man know where there is a will there Is a way ...great video very well done do one on Davey Allison please I'd love that

  • If there’s one thing everyone should take away from this video it’s this; just bite your lip and keep on strokin’!

  • I was expecting dale jr to comment


  • does anyone know the name of the song in 0:21 ?

  • Do it for Dale!!!!

  • Next up to speed gotta be about Dan Gurney

  • 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.

  • Anyone know the song that the killer riff belongs to in the beginning of the video??

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

  • 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.

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

    • Ooouff #feels

  • 11:38 pause

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

  • Raise hell, praise Dale


  • A thing on rock crawler

  • 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!!

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

  • Thank you Dale!

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

  • 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.

  • EmpLemon made a pretty good video aswell on Dale earmhart if anyone wants to see it but this is pretty good

  • FOR DALE !!!! 😭😭😭

  • Raise hell praise Dale!!!!!

  • Please we need a up to speed in keiichi tsuchiya

  • Your the man bro! Can just tell you're so down to earth

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

  • 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.

  • Goat

  • My favorite episode of up to speed ever

  • He's either invincible or the goat or both. he's the invincible goat.

  • 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

  • "Darth Vader black car." That was awesome...long with the laser effects

  • 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.

  • great

  • What is Kevin Spacey doin at 5:18 in the back

  • 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...

  • Fake cry

  • That damn penny got me

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

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

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

  • The earthy nylon methodically dislike because gold briefly bang despite a magenta low. giddy, noisy palm

  • Bro it could not had been any better if anyone else had done it.

  • 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

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

  • Dale lives in my motor.

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

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

  • EmpLemon made a brilliant video about Dale Earnhardt. Seriously check it out.

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

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

  • Greatest nickname in sports history.

  • 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!

  • Best and hardest episode to watch

  • 20 years later and we still do it for dale.

  • Doooooooo it for daaaale

  • 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

  • Dale was Nascar

  • My wife started crying during this...and she knows nothing about cars or racing. well done!

  • Niki Lauda next?

  • You gotta be a legend to have a fucking amazing roller coaster named after you

  • Damn, who put this lump in my throat🥺

  • had me tearing up

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

  • Truly inspiring. #3

  • WTF, why are my eyes sweating? 😭

  • You made me cry infront of my mom

  • I was in Daytona, right outside the Speedway when the crash happened. 😢

  • 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.

  • I cry when he passed 3 forever

  • 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

  • Can I still get a sticker? 😭

  • "Racing, like North Carolina BBQ Sauce was in his blood" this dude hilarious 😂 He should try stand up comedy

  • This was an awesome video. I have been a HUGE Dale fan and cried myself when he died watching that race.

  • 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.

  • Blue Collar Forever

  • raise hell praise dale #3🕊

  • Got so much Dale Earnhardt memorabilia

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Up to speed on a Mitsubishi Starion/ Chrysler Conquest

  • Ok I did…I lol a bit at the Darth Vader bit😬🤘🏻

  • Why fucking dislikes??? Like folks!!!

  • 3

  • Yep me too buddy

  • 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!

  • I like this video