Kwiminyaka elishumi edlulileyo ngoLwesihlanu, uDale Earnhardt wabetha udonga kwinqanaba lokugqibela le-Daytona 500. Kwaye akukho nto iye yafana neyomdlalo we-stock car racing.



I-NASCAR ilahlekelwe ngumfanekiso wekhola eluhlaza okwesibhakabhaka oye wanceda ukuphakamisa umdlalo wasemaphandleni waseMazantsi kwindawo yorhwebo eqhelekileyo eyaye yadlulwa kuphela yi-NFL enamandla ekubukeni kukamabonwakude.

Kwiminyaka elishumi kamva, njengoko iimoto zomdyarho zibuyela kwi-Daytona International Speedway kwinguqu ye-NASCAR ye-Super Bowl ngeCawa, kucacile ukuba ukufa kuka-Earnhardt kuphawula ukuphela kwexesha.





Nangona le ntlekele iqale yenze kancinci ukucothisa ukukhula kwe-NASCAR, umdlalo ngoku ukwisithuba seminyaka elide sokuhamba, ukulinganisa kweTV kunye nenkxaso yenkampani. I-NASCAR iye yawa ngokuyinxenye ngenxa yokuba umdlalo awuzange uthabathe indawo ye-roguish swagger eyenza u-Earnhardt angakwazi ukubukela.

UMntu oMnyama uphose isithunzi eside, kwaye yiyo loo nto i-NASCAR ixakekile kule veki kumqhubi we-ornery enamadevu anesihlahla.



Ukusweleka kwakhe sesinye seziganeko ezibalaseleyo kwezemidlalo, utshilo uDavid Carter, unjingalwazi wase-USC ofunda iindlela zoshishino lwezemidlalo. Ngenene asizange senze into enje ukusukela oko.

Yinto entle leyo, kunjalo. Mhlawumbi ilifa lika-Earnhardt elihlala lihleli kukuba ngoFebruwari 18, 2001, wanyanzelisa umdlalo ochasayo ukujongana neenkxalabo zokhuseleko. Ukusukela ngaloo mini, akukhange kubekho kufa kulo naluphi na uthotho lomdyarho omkhulu weNASCAR.



Sijonga emva koku njengomzuzu wamanzi, utshilo uTom Gideon, umlawuli weNASCAR wophando lokhuseleko kunye nophuhliso. Kwakukho isicwangciso esisebenzayo sokwenza izinto zikhuseleke ngaphakathi kwe-NASCAR, kodwa ngokwenene yathatha ugxininiso olongezelelweyo emva kokufa kukaDale.

Ukanti ixesha lenze kancinci ukunciphisa imvakalelo yokulahlekelwa.



Ndisenobunzima bokukholelwa ukuba uhambile, utshilo uJeff Gordon mva nje.

Ukunyuka komdyarho weemoto zesitokhwe kunye nokuthandwa kuka-Earnhardt kudibene. U-Earnhardt, owayenemfundo yebanga lesithoba kwaye wasebenza imisebenzi yezandla ukuze axhase umdyarho wakhe wempelaveki, uvele ngexesha i-NASCAR yayitshintshela kwi-overdrive.



Imimandla yelizwe ngaphandle komzobo osemazantsi yaqala ukufumanisa iimoto zesitokhwe - umdyarho wonyaka kaJuni kufutshane neSonoma ubizwa ngokuba ngowona msitho mkhulu wezemidlalo waseNyakatho California - kwaye inkampani yaseMelika yajika izithuthi zaba ziibhodi eziqengqelekayo.

U-Earnhardt, obizwa ngokuba yi-Intimidator, waba bubuso bomdlalo ngokuphumelela iintshatsheli ezisixhenxe kunye nemidyarho engama-76. Wayengumntu othanda ukucalula ngenxa yendlela yakhe yokuqhuba ndlongondlongo, kodwa u-Earnhardt wamkela indima yesikhohlakali.

Xa uphuma usiya kukhaba iimpundu ... khaba iimpundu, wakhe watsho emva koloyiso.

Xa abaqhubi babekhalazela ukuba izantya zihamba ngokukhawuleza kakhulu, uEarnhardt wesikolo esidala wacebisa ngo-2000 ukuba babophe iraphu ye-kerosene emaqatheni akho ukuze iimbovane zingarhubuluzi kwaye ziyitye iesile lelekese.

Kodwa ngaloo nyaka abaqhubi abathathu basweleka ngenxa yokwenzakala entloko kwingozi, kubandakanya uAdam Petty, umzukulwana okwishumi elivisayo wentsomi yobuhlanga uRichard Petty. Ukuphendula, iqaqobana labaqhubi liqalise ukusebenzisa isixhobo sokuthintela intloko se-HANS.

UEarnhardt, nangona kunjalo, akafuni nxalenye yetekhnoloji yokhuseleko ekhoyo. Wayenganxibanga nesigcina-ntloko esipheleleyo xa wayekhwela kwiChevrolet yakhe enguNombolo-3 mhla wafa.

Kumjikelo wokugqibela, wayebaleka uphazamiseko kubaqhubi ababini phambi kwakhe ababebalekise uDale Earnhardt Inc. - unyana wakhe, uDale Earnhardt Jr., kunye nophumeleleyo ekugqibeleni uMichael Waltrip. Kodwa ke imoto ka-Earnhardt yagilwa ngasemva kwaye yangena eludongeni nge-160 mph.

Phantse iiyure ezimbini emva koko ngelizwi eliqhekezayo ngeemvakalelo, umongameli weNASCAR uMike Helton uxelele isizwe: Siphulukene noDale Earnhardt.

Oyena mqhubi waziwayo womdlalo wayengasekho eneminyaka engama-49 emva kokwaphuka kukakayi. Ebesele engumntu omkhulu kunobomi, waba yintsomi ekufeni. Isijwili sasinjalo kangangokuba u-Earnhardt kungekudala wabizwa ngokuba ngu-Elvis Presley weNASCAR.

Kwigaraji, ukuchaswa kwamanyathelo okhuseleko kwawa ngokukhawuleza.

UDale wayeyinkokeli kunye nomfo olukhuni, utshilo uGidiyon. Wayekhe watyhubela iingozi ezidumileyo waza wenzakala kakhulu. Kodwa oku kwaba ngummangaliso omkhulu kubo bonke abaqhubi.

Utshintsho lwenkcubeko yokhuseleko lubandakanya ukusetyenziswa okunyanzelekileyo kwezixhobo ze-HANS, izihlalo eziphuculweyo ezifana ne-cocoon kunye namabhanti ezihlalo, impembelelo-ukunciphisa iindonga zokukhusela ezikhuselekileyo kunye ne-2007 Car of Tomorrow body eyenzelwe ukukhusela abaqhubi ngcono.

Ngelixa umdlalo ukhuselekile, inkolelo exhaphakileyo yeyokuba umdyarho uphelelwe lixesha. Uqikelelo luthi inani labazimasayo lehle nge-13 ekhulwini kwiminyaka emibini edluleyo yaye inani labantu ababukela umabonwakude liye lehla ngama-25 ekhulwini kumaxesha amane onyaka adluleyo.

Unqwenela ukuvuselela uchulumanco olugobileyo, igosa leNASCAR kunyaka ophelileyo labongoza abaqhubi: Bafana, yiba nako. Umphathi weMidlalo yeFox uDavid Hill kutshanje uyalele i-NASCAR ngemidyarho emide kakhulu kunye nesizini eqhubekayo ngonaphakade.

Ukuba abalandeli bathatha isigqibo sokuba abayi kudlula kwii-turnstiles kuba kufuneka bahlawule ukutya, baya kuphelela kwi-sofa, u-USC's Carter wongezelela. Kodwa ukuba ubagxotha esofeni, ke unengxaki yokwenyani. Udinga imiboniso bhanyabhanya.

UJimmie Johnson, inzalelwane yaseCalifornia ethandekayo ephumelele ubuntshatsheli ezintlanu zilandelelana, ayinyanzelisi. I-NASCAR ingathanda uDale Jr., owazuza indawo kayise njengoyena mqhubi owaziwayo, ukuba akhanye.

Kodwa akazange aphumelele kwimidyarho ye-93 Sprint Cup. Emva kokufumana ipali ye-Daytona kwimpelaveki edlulileyo, u-Dale Omnci. wophula imoto yakhe xa esenza umsebenzi kwaye ngoku kuya kufuneka aqale ngasemva ngeCawe ngemoto egcina imali.

Ngeli xesha, njengoko abalandeli belindele indlalifa efanelekileyo kuMntu oMnyama, uCarter uyazibuza ukuba i-NASCAR ingade ivumele enye i-hellbent, umlinganiswa onemibala njengowokuqala.

Ukuba wenza nantoni na ekhohlakele kakhulu, ichaphazela inkxaso kwaye yenzakalise ukuhamba kwemali, utshilo uCarter. I-NASCAR ifuna ubuntu, kodwa ifuna ukulumka ngayo.

Qhagamshelana noMark Emmons kwi-408-920-5745.




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