Dale Earnhardt Plaza Tribute
In the heart of Cannon Village in Earnhardt’s hometown of Kannapolis, Dale’s boyhood friends and neighbors celebrate the life and career of this NASCAR legend. At Dale Earnhardt Plaza, the centerpiece attraction is a 9-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of Earnhardt. Also featured is a granite monument contributed by Earnhardt fans from Vermont and New York.
Nearby, the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Center in Cannon Village Visitors Center showcases artwork by world-renowned motorsportrs artist Sam Bass. You’ll see dramatic, larger-than-life murals depicting Earnhardt’s career.
The Dale Earnhardt Tribute is a major stop on The Dale Trail™ and is located conveniently off I-85, Exits 58, 60 and 63, near the intersection fo Dale Earnhardt Blvd. and State Highway 3 at Main & “B” Streets, Cannon Village (about halfway between Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. just 15 minutes north on Hwy 3).
Swing by the Cabarrus County Visitors Center where you can pick up a free copy of The Dale Trail brochure and map filled with interesting facts and helpful information for navigating this self-guided tour.
You can sponsor a brick in Dale Earnhardt Plaza to be a permanent part of the tribute. Download the brick order form.
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When you visit Dale Earnhardt Plaza, make sure to note the many symbolic details:
The granite base of the statue pedestal is divided into seven sections representing Earnhardt’s seven Winston Cup Championships.
Seven steps descend into the Plaza from both entrances on Main Street also representing Earnhardt’s seven championship victories.
Earnhardt’s 76 Winston Cup career wins are commemorated by the seat wall around the statue square in the center of the Plaza, which is designed for 76 granite sections. The granite sections are not yet in place, but they are on the fundraising list.
The walk around the Plaza is shaped like an oval to represent a racetrack.
The azaleas and daylilies around the center seat wall are planted in sets of three.
The benches along the oval walk are also grouped in sets of three. Both represent Earnhardt’s car number.
Eight lights shine on the statue representing the car numbers of Dale’s father, Ralph Earnhardt, and his son Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
The statue of Earnhardt faces toward his home place and “Idiot’s Circle.” Idiot’s Circle is the area of town where teens in Dale’s day once drove around on the weekends to socialize. Dale is rumored to have learned to drive and turn left there.