Dale Earnhardt's 1st Bristol Race for Childress
Dale Earnhardt's first Bristol start for Richard Childress in August 1981 ended prematurely on lap 31 of 500 when Dale crashed our Wrangler Jeans Pontiac into the pit road guardrail while avoiding another car. These were the days before the big rigs were allowed in the Bristol infield and Dale and the team had 469 laps to think about the crash before they could leave. That's Richard Childress' brother, Ronnie with his hand on his hat brim. Photog Unknown.