Dale Earnhardt’s 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Photo: Joe Robbins, Getty Images)

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When NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt spun into a concrete retaining wall at nearly 260 km/h on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, he died instantly. "The car was just a mess," Patti Dobler, the paramedic who pulled Earnhardt from the wreck, told Sports Illustrated during a re-enactment. "The whole front end was just demolished." The original stock car was owned by Richard Childress Racing, for which Earnhardt raced. Childress had the original car destroyed. But a replica is on display at the Richard Childress Racing Museum in Welcome, N.C.