Twenty-three years ago today, on May 1, 1994, Dale Earnhardt drove to victory at Talladega Superspeedway, where he won the Winston 500.
That triumph was one of a record 10 for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion.
But it was a poignant victory.
Earlier that day, Formula One great Ayrton Senna was killed in a crash at Imola, Italy, something Earnhardt knew before he climbed behind the wheel of the black No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Talladega.
So in Victory Lane after the race, a somber Earnhardt paid a heartfelt tribute to his fallen fellow racer. It was a show of respect from one of auto racing’s greatest drivers ever to a peer who was as good at his form of racing.
And even today, both are sorely missed.