The Capitals had a special guest in the house during Tuesday’s game. A man convincingly dressed as NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. sat behind the glass in full race garb.
The real Earnhardt, known as “The Intimidator” for his aggressive racing style, was a seven-time Winston Cup champion. In 2001, on the final lap of the Daytona 500, Earnhardt died suddenly in a crash.
But number three’s legacy lives on. During the third lap of most NASCAR races, fans will raise three fingers in tribute. Dale’s son Junior is a successful racer in his own right. And now, there’s this intrepid fan at Verizon Center.
In racing suit, cap, sunglasses, and headset to complement his excellent Senior-style stache, he certainly looked the part. Even money he drove a Monte Carlo SS to the game.
That headset probably doesn’t have much noise-cancelling capability, but maybe he was listening to John Walton’s call of the game on the radio.
3 at the Caps game pic.twitter.com/yE56w0hLPa
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 22, 2017
During the second period, “Earnhardt” passed his beer to his neighbor and pumped up the crowd. It worked. TJ Oshie scored a few minutes later to give the Caps the lead.
friend: you won’t go to the game dressed as dale earnhardt
me: hold my beer pic.twitter.com/n05gZY9SWy
— CSN Capitals (@CSNCapitals) March 22, 2017
One wonders if the Earnhardt clan might be secret Capitals fans. His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr doesn’t hide his love for the Redskins. Does that cross over to hockey?
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.