The Dale Trail

February 16, 2017

The Dale Trail was created in the community of Kannapolis, North Carolina to commemorate hometown hero, Dale Earnhardt Sr. An unforgettable experience for race fans, The Dale Trail features 20 locations that tell the story of Earnhardt’s life, his legendary NASCAR career and his old stomping grounds.

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To get your motor running, here are three stops along The Dale Trail:

  1. Dale Earnhardt Plaza
    Located on the corner of Main Street and West B Street is a park dedicated in Dale Earnhardt’s memory. The centerpiece of the plaza is a 9-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of Dale as his hometown knew him – dressed in Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots and a creased, short-sleeve, button-down shirt with sunglasses in the pocket. Sporting his famous grin, his gaze is directed toward Idiot Circle, Dale’s favorite hangout during his teen years. Take note of the subtle, symbolic elements—benches in groups of three, an oval layout and more. The best time to take a photograph with the statue? In the afternoon when there are no shadows on his face.
  2. Sam Bass Art Studio
    Earnhardt’s longtime friend, Sam Bass is the First Officially Licensed Artist of NASCAR. Since 1987, he has created race team graphics for leading sponsors, NASCAR team owners and drivers. He is also known for his fine-art original paintings and a distinctive style when it comes to his design of track program covers, racing-themed ad campaigns, posters, apparel and custom guitars. Bass also designed the “K” logo for Kannapolis minor league baseball team, The Intimidators. His recently relocated studio is on Highway 29 just minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway, and admission is free. The studio features an incredible display of automotive art along with rock and roll memorabilia, super hero collectibles and expanded offerings for the individual collector.
  3. Hendrick Motorsports
    Home to several race teams, Cabarrus County is known as “Where Racing Lives.” One of the most prominent is located just one mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. The Hendrick Motorsports facility features state-of-the-art technology that supports four full-time teams in the sports top division, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, including the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. At Hendrick Motorsports, visitors will find race cars, memorabilia and trophies at the Museum & Team Store along with exclusive items like tires and lug nuts used in competition. Inside the 5/24 and 48/88 race shops, viewing areas give a behind the scenes look into race day preparations. Admission is free.

A free, collectible map that details each stop on The Dale Trail can be picked up at Cabarrus County Visitor Center and in all Cabarrus County hotels. The full itinerary includes:

  1. Cabarrus County Visitor Center
  2. Dale Earnhardt Boulevard
  3. Earnhardt Road
  4. Ralph Earnhardt Memorial
  5. Highway 29: Former Site of Eddleman’s Garage & Flying Mile
  6. Car Town/Earnhardt Neighborhood
  7. Main Street/Midway
  8. Curb Motorsports
  9. Kannapolis
  10. Idiot Circle
  11. Dale Earnhardt Plaza
  12. NC-3
  13. Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
  14. JR Motorsports
  15. Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium
  16. Richard Childress Racing
  17. Punchy’s Diner
  18. Charlotte Motor Speedway
  19. Sam Bass Art Studio
  20. Hendrick Motorsports

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