Dale Earnhardt - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

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All sports have heroes, legends, and icons. Dale Earnhardt Sr. ticks all three of those boxes. NASCAR’s “Intimidator” is one of three men to win the Winston Cup Championship an incredible seven times, but the road to NASCAR glory wasn’t easy. His is a true story of the American dream! Join James Pumphrey as he rides shotgun in #3… buckle up NASCAR fans, and let’s do it for Dale!

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“Pass in the Grass” footage courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway, LLC.

Big thanks to the primary source for this episode, “At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt,” by Leigh Montville

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  1. Zach Canfield

    Zach Canfield

    Саат мурун

    I remember waking up early on sundays as a kid to go to my grandparents place & watch Dale race. I was a massive fan. I remember his last race like it was yesterday. It was gut wrenching as a kid & it still hurts to this day. But like you said, legends never die. Raise hell, Praise Dale🤘🏼#3 forever 🐐

  2. Raleigh Cygan

    Raleigh Cygan

    3 саат мурун

    I actually choked up during this video. No. 3 forever

  3. Co Ne

    Co Ne

    9 саат мурун

    Didn't even knew the guy cause i am from europe and nascar is not a thing here... still cried tho what a story. Thank you james and donut

  4. arminski1996


    17 саат мурун

    And thank you donut media for spreading the greatness🙏🏻

  5. arminski1996


    17 саат мурун

    After watching this, I never thought I would’ve cared about nascar even tho I’m a huge gear head. I am very thankful for learning and watching this. I always knew who dale was. But today I really knew what he was. A fucking legend. Thank you dale for showing us not to ever give up on ourselves no matter what the circumstances are! Rip hero

  6. nate saxe

    nate saxe

    19 саат мурун

    This fucking guy 😮 😂💀

  7. Kyle Colabella

    Kyle Colabella

    23 саат мурун

    DO IT FOR DALE!!!!

  8. Acey


    Күн мурун

    I wasn't expecting to cry today but here we are. My childhood idol. Good job guys

  9. Andrea Watto

    Andrea Watto

    Күн мурун

    Do it for dale ! 😀

  10. Romster Monster Motor sport

    Romster Monster Motor sport

    Күн мурун

    What song is at 0:23

  11. Bob Williams

    Bob Williams

    Күн мурун


  12. Jeremy McLellan

    Jeremy McLellan

    Күн мурун

    Man James I love you brother keep up the awesome work man

  13. Rhino Gaming

    Rhino Gaming

    Күн мурун

    Donut, You've made me laugh, be inspired, learn more than ever, but you've never made me weep over a racing story. Check that one off the list. I appreciate the great content

  14. Brian Brown

    Brian Brown

    Күн мурун

    First time don’t media made me cry... what the duck dudes...

  15. I Ivanoff

    I Ivanoff

    2 күн мурун

    literally nobody knows that dude outside the US

  16. Raceking46


    2 күн мурун

    You made me cry dick... lol. well done sir.... well done

  17. Magnus lind

    Magnus lind

    2 күн мурун

    Im Danish so nascar has never been my thing. I knew about Dale and all the references and all that, but I’ve never really heard the story and history about him. So seeing this and having James as the storyteller really made me cry with James. James passion and love for Dale made me very emotional with him. So here I am, a 19 year old danish mechanic crying in his bed…

  18. Robert White

    Robert White

    2 күн мурун

    Best video yet. It even choked me up! Amazing job guys.

  19. Shad


    2 күн мурун

    Bio pic needed

  20. Michael Clement

    Michael Clement

    2 күн мурун

    Jeff Gordon would have at least tied Petty if they didn’t change the format to stop a Californian from tying the good old southern boys.

  21. Shannon Gray

    Shannon Gray

    2 күн мурун

    Dale was a driver I respected he was not my favorite but my favorite because I am a Ford fan but I know how all of his fans felt the day he passed because my favorite driver Davey Allison was killed in a helicopter crash I feel y'all's pain and after I dug deeper into Dale's life history the more I respected the man in black he was truly an american hero he showed us all that hard work and determination and passion for your dreams can make them come true I miss Dale like I miss my favorite driver Davey they both had similar early years with the exception that Davy did have the advantage of his father bobby but bobby made Davey earn his own way it wasent give to him bobby made sure if your gonna drive your gonna earn it but dale had to do it by himself after his dad passed and had it hard but push on through to make it making the common man know where there is a will there Is a way ...great video very well done do one on Davey Allison please I'd love that

  22. Michael Clement

    Michael Clement

    2 күн мурун

    If there’s one thing everyone should take away from this video it’s this; just bite your lip and keep on strokin’!

  23. Anything Automotive

    Anything Automotive

    2 күн мурун

    I was expecting dale jr to comment

  24. Micko Paparo

    Micko Paparo

    3 күн мурун


  25. Drago Ryo

    Drago Ryo

    3 күн мурун

    does anyone know the name of the song in 0:21 ?

  26. Emery Lindeman

    Emery Lindeman

    3 күн мурун

    Do it for Dale!!!!

  27. Mason Pearce

    Mason Pearce

    3 күн мурун

    Next up to speed gotta be about Dan Gurney



    4 күн мурун

    Great video man😥bravo👏👏

  29. Jamia Lenard (Mill1978)

    Jamia Lenard (Mill1978)

    4 күн мурун

    I avoided this video until day…..I remember this day so well. As a racing fan F1 NASCAR Indy Etc….DALE IS STILL MY FAVORITE DRIVER.

  30. Macaulay Davidson

    Macaulay Davidson

    4 күн мурун

    Anyone know the song that the killer riff belongs to in the beginning of the video??

  31. Flashrocket Chapman

    Flashrocket Chapman

    4 күн мурун

    you forgot the one year he raced Corvette Racing's C5.R at the Rolex 24.

  32. Andy Denison

    Andy Denison

    4 күн мурун

    Good luck penny, honest to goodness emotion, and my autosport reference is now donut awesome and da feeling media. Damnamagang! If I find out you did a senna imola episode I might need someone to hold my hand.... And I weigh 130 kg with a centre of gravity akin to a London bus.

    • Andy Denison

      Andy Denison

      4 күн мурун

      BBC and NBC would hold their lip but this is exactly how history should be exposed... With deep down heart.

    • Andy Denison

      Andy Denison

      4 күн мурун

      Ooouff #feels

  33. beancraftboy21


    4 күн мурун

    11:38 pause

  34. Chris Brown

    Chris Brown

    5 күн мурун

    You joke but I actually had a hollow humorous bone which broke 4 times before I had to get steroids injected into the bone.

  35. Andrew Rich

    Andrew Rich

    5 күн мурун

    Raise hell, praise Dale

  36. Ryan The Great

    Ryan The Great

    5 күн мурун


  37. Hector Edmondson

    Hector Edmondson

    5 күн мурун

    A thing on rock crawler

  38. Jardin Boot

    Jardin Boot

    5 күн мурун

    I'm far from a nascar fan , But Dale was just one of those figures that will live forever in hearts of motorsports fans world wide forever . Do it for Dale!!

  39. Nicholas Bingham

    Nicholas Bingham

    5 күн мурун

    Up to speed on rusty Wallace guys. My grandmother just passed away and her and I have loved rusty since I was 5

  40. Brandon Sias

    Brandon Sias

    6 күн мурун

    Thank you Dale!

  41. Landon Vonderhaar

    Landon Vonderhaar

    6 күн мурун

    The next Up To Speed should be about either Polaris or the Chevy C-10. Please James

  42. Da One TL

    Da One TL

    6 күн мурун

    I was born about 3 years after Dale died. When I was about 5, my uncle (the most unlikely nascar fan, don’t ask why) showed me this collection he had where he said he recorded every single Dale race. He played me the most important ones in chronological order, which made me a fan. Then he showed me the last one. The last recording ended before the race did.

  43. The Boolin Redneck

    The Boolin Redneck

    6 күн мурун

    EmpLemon made a pretty good video aswell on Dale earmhart if anyone wants to see it but this is pretty good



    6 күн мурун

    FOR DALE !!!! 😭😭😭

  45. Raymond Walker

    Raymond Walker

    7 күн мурун

    Raise hell praise Dale!!!!!

  46. boof bo

    boof bo

    7 күн мурун

    Please we need a up to speed in keiichi tsuchiya

  47. bluecamarodriver94


    7 күн мурун

    Your the man bro! Can just tell you're so down to earth

  48. yarrowind9


    7 күн мурун

    DO IT FOR DALE I love you, thank you for that awesome vision for the younger generation to strive for

  49. Steve Posey

    Steve Posey

    7 күн мурун

    Great tribute. Although I grew up in the 90s I didn't start watching Nascar until my adulthood. This was very informative and solidifies the respect he earned throughout his career. Thank you for making this video it tonight me alot about a legend.

  50. Chase Schwinn

    Chase Schwinn

    7 күн мурун


  51. Jarrett Reese

    Jarrett Reese

    8 күн мурун

    My favorite episode of up to speed ever

  52. Bolisay Jeff Ronan M.

    Bolisay Jeff Ronan M.

    8 күн мурун

    He's either invincible or the goat or both. he's the invincible goat.

  53. Hayden Newton

    Hayden Newton

    8 күн мурун

    I have so much Dale Earnhart collectibles. My favorite thing abt him is that everyone said that when he died, nascar died. Which was so true

  54. Cody Dillon

    Cody Dillon

    8 күн мурун

    "Darth Vader black car." That was awesome...long with the laser effects

  55. Tyler Griffis

    Tyler Griffis

    8 күн мурун

    I hope someone close to Dale Jr. showed him this video, to show him how much people still love and care about his dad and what he did for racing. To remind him how he inspired people he never even met and 20 years later still brings them to tears. Thank you James for not editing out those moments and showing the true passion you have for this, you're a great guy and you guys at Donut are a great team. Do it for Dale.

  56. Joe Ham

    Joe Ham

    8 күн мурун


  57. AHappyTeddyDog


    8 күн мурун

    What is Kevin Spacey doin at 5:18 in the back

  58. The Rayven

    The Rayven

    8 күн мурун

    I remember the newscast the day he died... When I first heard it, I thought nothing of it... People die all the time I'm motorsports back then... But when I realized who it was, I had to watch again... And upon realizing who it was, my heart stopped at that moment... I couldn't believe it... Denial set in... I didn't want to believe the man was gone... I watched a many of races, looking for that black number 3 that never showed... Eventually I accepted he was gone... Though I never met the in person, I felt as though I lost a member of my family... I grew up watching up watching Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bennie Pearson, Rusty Wallace... Guys like that... Earnhardt was a mentor of mine... And when I took up racing for a short time, I learned from him... I'm a sim racer now, but still use the Earnhardt mentality... Dale Earnhardt Sr., You will not be forgotten... He now is among other motorsport Legends like Ayrton Senna, Colin McRae, Sapine Schmidt, and others... Drivers come and drivers go, but the LEGENDS, live forever...

  59. Twinz888


    8 күн мурун

    Fake cry

  60. 211212112


    8 күн мурун

    That damn penny got me

  61. 211212112


    8 күн мурун

    NC BBQ sucks. I wouldn’t even consider it BBQ. And the sauce was pretty much just vinegar.

  62. Weston Vaughn

    Weston Vaughn

    8 күн мурун

    This has been my favorite up to speed so far. Made me tear up a little. #DO IT FOR DALE

  63. Clint Girodat

    Clint Girodat

    9 күн мурун

    I remember it all when it happen but thanks James for making a 36 year old man into a cry baby. Go Dale #3

  64. Destiny Tom

    Destiny Tom

    9 күн мурун

    The earthy nylon methodically dislike because gold briefly bang despite a magenta low. giddy, noisy palm

  65. Steven Clackley

    Steven Clackley

    9 күн мурун

    Bro it could not had been any better if anyone else had done it.

  66. charles huber

    charles huber

    10 күн мурун

    It’s said that If dale been involved in the first crash he might not have died in the second one because he wouldn’t be in the position he was in

  67. Gabriel Macedo

    Gabriel Macedo

    10 күн мурун

    His crash was a ridiculous way to die. How could someone survive the 96 crash and die with a ridiculous wall hit like this?!

  68. shaggjkh1985


    10 күн мурун

    Dale lives in my motor.

  69. BloxRecords


    11 күн мурун

    My dream car is now a simple monte carlo with the number 3 on it

  70. Will Hand

    Will Hand

    11 күн мурун

    Are we not gonna talk about the time he flipped the car and went back into the race

  71. Mindblow


    11 күн мурун

    EmpLemon made a brilliant video about Dale Earnhardt. Seriously check it out.

  72. I_AM2


    11 күн мурун

    Dale Earnhardt... GREAT driver, but willing to put ANYONE into the wall in order to win. REGARDLESS of the danger that entailed.

  73. LatinoHeatWin


    11 күн мурун

    Hey guys! Where is my Nissan Stagea Up to Speed video??? ❤

  74. Tim G

    Tim G

    11 күн мурун

    Greatest nickname in sports history.

  75. Tim G

    Tim G

    11 күн мурун

    Dale didn't have enough of a single paint for his first car. So, he combined all of the paint cans together to have enough. It came out pink! It also was good enough to run near the top. Won enough money for more paint!

  76. Darrell Wiegand

    Darrell Wiegand

    11 күн мурун

    Best and hardest episode to watch

  77. Pat Clevenger

    Pat Clevenger

    11 күн мурун

    20 years later and we still do it for dale.

  78. Patrick Castillo

    Patrick Castillo

    11 күн мурун

    Doooooooo it for daaaale

  79. Patrick Kennedy

    Patrick Kennedy

    12 күн мурун

    I remember where I was when I saw Dale Earnhardt's death: I was at a friend's birthday party that day and got to watch the final laps at home on Topeka Avenue in Wildwood Crest, NJ, and when I saw Ken Schrader frantically waiving his arms for safety crews, I knew something was wrong, and I was six

  80. Hot Dogs

    Hot Dogs

    12 күн мурун

    Dale was Nascar

  81. Matt


    12 күн мурун

    My wife started crying during this...and she knows nothing about cars or racing. well done!

  82. Ben McDonald

    Ben McDonald

    12 күн мурун

    Niki Lauda next?

  83. Andrew ONeil

    Andrew ONeil

    12 күн мурун

    You gotta be a legend to have a fucking amazing roller coaster named after you

  84. Noah McBride

    Noah McBride

    12 күн мурун

    Damn, who put this lump in my throat🥺

  85. Eternity


    13 күн мурун

    had me tearing up

  86. Tony Braswell

    Tony Braswell

    13 күн мурун

    I wasn't expecting this story to hit me in the feels as hard as it did

  87. The Umonsta

    The Umonsta

    13 күн мурун

    Truly inspiring. #3

  88. Remi Ramos

    Remi Ramos

    13 күн мурун

    WTF, why are my eyes sweating? 😭

  89. Thomas Leduc

    Thomas Leduc

    13 күн мурун

    You made me cry infront of my mom

  90. Remi Ramos

    Remi Ramos

    13 күн мурун

    I was in Daytona, right outside the Speedway when the crash happened. 😢

  91. Brandon Talamante

    Brandon Talamante

    13 күн мурун

    Best video Ive seen man seeing nascar reminds me of my dad hard-working guy I miss him allot rest in peace to my pops and to dale earnhardt.

  92. CorDarrius Bowe

    CorDarrius Bowe

    13 күн мурун

    I cry when he passed 3 forever

  93. Alec Stage

    Alec Stage

    13 күн мурун

    came back to rewatch this one again, and damn if it doesn't hit just as hard. you guys did phenomenal on this episode of up to speed

  94. Sloppy 1 Hundred

    Sloppy 1 Hundred

    13 күн мурун

    Can I still get a sticker? 😭

  95. Sloppy 1 Hundred

    Sloppy 1 Hundred

    13 күн мурун

    "Racing, like North Carolina BBQ Sauce was in his blood" this dude hilarious 😂 He should try stand up comedy

  96. peterx213


    13 күн мурун

    This was an awesome video. I have been a HUGE Dale fan and cried myself when he died watching that race.

  97. mike westbrook

    mike westbrook

    13 күн мурун

    Not gonna lie that dumbass ad with that that dumbass skit ruined the video for me. Please do better so I don’t have to beat my wife out of frustration.

  98. bk_nreynolds 32

    bk_nreynolds 32

    13 күн мурун

    Blue Collar Forever

  99. meltedwogs


    13 күн мурун

    raise hell praise dale #3🕊

  100. Josh 03

    Josh 03

    13 күн мурун

    Got so much Dale Earnhardt memorabilia