Originally created 03/10/01

A better sport than Earnhardt

On Feb. 18 Dale Earnhardt was killed while racing. I feel deep compassion and sorrow for his wife and children.

I was not a fan of his because of his actions on the track. Just because you have a high desire to win, you do not have to bump, spin or wreck other drivers. If you engage in this sort of activity, then you should be able to take it in return. He could not. He attempted to retaliate in some childish manner. He was proud of his middle finger.

I mainly blame NASCAR leadership for lack of enforcing its rules equally and fairly to all racing teams. If they were fair and consistent, Ricky Rudd would have been the NASCAR points champion in 1991.

One award Earnhardt never received was The Most Popular Driver, which is selected by fans' votes. But one driver has consistently won this award, not based on his victories or championships, but on his life both on and off the field. That driver is Bill Elliott.

Reese Lewallen, Martinez

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