* I would like to take this moment to send this section of my poetry page to my boyfriend Joel. He is a HUGE fan of NASCAR...and about a month ago, a Legend passed on. So at this time, I dedicate this piece to the INTIMIDATOR himself *
DALE EARNHARDT 1951-2001
The Heaven 500, was just getting started,
an All-Star race, for the racing departed.
Heroes of the track, with nerves like steel,
and sitting on the pole, was a cat named Neil.
Adam Petty was there, with his beautiful smile,
Kenny Irwin determined, to finish in style.
Lee Petty was glowing, with that Grandfather pride,
with Davey & Clifford, both in a new ride.
Fireball Roberts, floated in on a cloud,
while Tony Roper waved, to the Heavenly crowd.
Morrosso & Nemecheck, then Tim Richmond appeared,
Al Kulwicki strapped in, while the racing fans
cheered. The honorary starter, for this Heavenly race,
Ralph Earnhardt was chosen, a tear on his face.
But the red flag flew, just before it had begun,
and every eye, was open wide, and looking to the
SON. A last minute entry, was the cause of delay,
while the fans were instructed, to kneel and to
pray. The Heavens turned black, and the clouds turned
dark, the lightning was brilliant, the thunder did bark.
Then out of the rumble, for all there to see,
the clouds formed a number, a black number three.
The Heavenly fans, then erupted with pride,
and welcomed this star, who had recently died.
With a bolt of lightning, Dale Earnhardt arrived,
as he stood before Jesus, his spirit revived.
Jesus hugged his precious child,
then revealed his perfect plan,
"I brought you home, to let you know,
that I'm your biggest fan!"
"The Intimidator was needed, for this Heavenly race,
leaving all of your earthly fans, with honor & with
grace." Ralph Earnhardt then stepped forward, embracing his
son, then whispered in the ear of Dale, "Let's go and
have some fun!" As Ralph stood proud, the green flag flew,
the crowd went wild and the tension grew.
And just like Salvation, the admission was free,
as every eye focused, on the black number three.
When the checkered flag dropped, no dry eyes
remained..It was a photo finish, as Jesus explained.
He said, "There are no losers, on this Heavenly
track, this was a welcome home party,
for The Man In Black!"