15 years ago: 'After the accident in turn 4 at the end of the Daytona 500, we’ve lost Dale Earnhardt'

Dale Earnhardt all smiles after winning the 1998 Daytona 500 / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It was 15 years ago that NASCAR executive Mike Helton, a lumbering, but stoic man delivered the news in a hushed tone that made racing fans burst into tears around the world hours after a crash that at first seemed surviveable: "This is undoubtedly one of the toughest announcements that I’ve ever personally had to make, but after the accident in turn four at the end of the Daytona 500, we’ve lost Dale Earnhardt."      

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It was 15 years ago that NASCAR executive Mike Helton, a lumbering, but stoic man delivered the news in a hushed tone that made racing fans burst into tears around the world hours after a crash that at first seemed surviveable: "This is undoubtedly one of the toughest announcements that I’ve ever personally had to make, but after the accident in turn four at the end of the Daytona 500, we’ve lost Dale Earnhardt."        

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.