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 for a decade now. 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 dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.