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Fueled by faith

Dale Earnhardt died in a crash Feb. 18 during the Daytona [Fla.] 500 NASCAR race. Although called the "Intimidator" on the track, Earnhardt, a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mooresville, N.C., was also known as a man of faith. Stevie Waltrip, a member of his staff, taped a Bible passage to the racer's dashboard before each race. Proverbs 18:10 was the final passage: "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe."

Private services were held at St. Mark Feb. 21. Earnhardt's pastor, John Cozart, also took part in a service at Calvary Church, South Charlotte, N.C.

Gerald Wallace, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, West Columbia, S.C., married Earnhardt and his wife, Teresa, in 1982, when he served at St. Mark. "There are different images that people like to portray as Dale," he said. "But I knew him as a wonderful husband and father to all four of his children. I knew him as a man whose faith was strong and important. I knew him as one who was definitely tough on the track, but who also was a loving, kind and gentle person."


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