DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Even though the 10-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death came two days earlier, there were plenty of people remembering The Intimidator at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.
Two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart wore a black, No. 3 baseball cap. So did most everyone at Richard Childress Racing.
NASCAR officials showed a highlight video of previous Daytona 500s during the pre-race drivers meeting, and the late Earnhardt was prominent in the piece.
Daytona officials had a huge No. 3 painted in the infield grass. On the third lap, Fox television broadcasters observed a moment of silence while fans saluted Earnhardt by holding up three fingers.
"I feel honored and once again undeserving to be here 10 years after that for the anniversary," said race winner Trevor Bayne, who was nine years old when Earnhardt died.
His memories of that day, though, are still clear.
"I was at my grandparents' house watching the race when the accident happened. We lived about five miles away from my grandparents. As soon as the race was over, I left my grandparents and went to our house. That's when the announcement was made.
"Our whole family, you know the impact it had on everybody, all teary eyed. I knew the significance Dale Earnhardt had on our sport, what an amazing man he was. It's crazy that we're sitting here 10 years later. It's gone by fast. I remember everything about that. It's crazy."