SBD/February 17, 2011/People and Pop Culture
The Day That Changed NASCAR
Published February 18, 2011
Earnhardt's death sent shockwaves through the industry.
The Dale Earnhardt "rush is on," according to Paul Newberry of the AP, who reports, "Anything and everything with his name on it became the hottest sports merchandise a day after his death."
Critics Differ On Whether Fox Handled Tragedy Appropriately
"Earnhardt's death put a heartbreaking final touch on a race that for [a] few fleeting moments was better than anything the network could have scripted for its first Daytona 500 telecast." -- Prentis Rogers, Atlanta Constitution, 2/19
Critics Claim That Fox Finds Its Footing In NASCAR Debut
Fox "turned in a Super Bowl-worthy effort" for its inaugural broadcast of Sunday's Daytona 500, according to Barry Horn of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS, who wrote that the net "known to push the envelope in its sports productions instead opted for a more conservative approach."
NASCAR Turns To Safety Issues After Death Of Earnhardt
As the country "mourned the loss" of Dale Earnhardt, the question of driver safety "was once again brought into sharp focus" as a preliminary autopsy showed Earnhardt died Sunday from "blunt force injuries to the head," according to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.
After Tragedy, Media Calls On NASCAR To Improve Safety
With four racing deaths in the past year, "critics say NASCAR needs to be as vigilant with safety issues as it is with the competitive ones," according to Aaron Brown in the lead story of ABC's "World News Tonight" on Monday. "Now it is the sport's biggest name who has died and critics wonder if that will be what causes NASCAR to move safety up to the sport's front row."