Dale Earnhardt remembered

Doctor Jerry Punch recalls the NASCAR legend and his dear friend
Published: Feb. 12, 2021 at 12:47 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2021 at 8:22 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - This weekend we remember 7-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. The legendary NASCAR driver died 20 years ago on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Among the first to know was his dear friend and Knoxville resident, Dr. Jerry Punch. Doc Punch sat down with us on this anniversary of Dale’s passing, talking about the incident, it’s impact and what the stock car racing giant meant to his sport.

Doc Punch discusses the final lap crash and Dale’s passing:

Doc Punch on Dale’s death not being in vein:

Doc Punch on Earnhardt being a fan favorite:

Doc Punch on Earnhardt leaving NASCAR a safer sport:

Doc Punch on carrying Olympic torch for Dale Earnhardt:

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