Originally created 02/21/01

Service for Earnhardt to be televised



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A private funeral service for Dale Earnhardt will be held Thursday at Calvary Church in Charlotte.

The church, which can seat 6,000 people on three levels, will open at 10 a.m., and the 30-minute service will begin at noon. The service is open to immediate family, employees and sponsors of Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Richard Childress Racing, NASCAR Winston Cup teams and tracks, and NASCAR.

Earnhardt, a seven-time Winston Cup champion, was killed in a last-lap crash during Sunday's Daytona 500.

"Because it is impossible to accommodate the tremendous outpouring of support from those who followed Dale, we are unable to open the service to the public," NASCAR said Tuesday in a statement.

"With that in mind the family has chosen to broadcast the service live on television, enabling fans across the country to share in this service for Dale."

The service will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.