Friday, May 06, 2016

An Open Letter To Teresa Earnhardt

Dear Mrs. Earnhardt, 

Many of us were disappointed to read today that you have elected to appeal a recent U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision upholding the right of Kerry Earnhardt – eldest son of your late husband, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. – to market homes and home furnishings under the name "The Earnhardt Collection.” 

We haven’t heard much from you since the days immediately following the tragic loss of your husband on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500; days where you repeatedly stated how important the support and well-wishes of Dale’s fans had been in helping you and your family cope with your grief. 

We grieved along with you in those dark days, mourning the loss of someone we idolized and worshipped, both for his talent behind the wheel and for his ability to remain “one of us.” We still grieve his loss, but we understand that your loss far surpassed ours. We lost our hero that day, you lost your husband.  

None of us would presume to compare the two. 

We understand your decision to withdraw from the NASCAR community. We understand the conflicting emotions you must certainly feel for a sport that made your husband wealthy and world famous, only to take his life. We understand your reticence to return to the site of Dale’s death, and we understand your inability to maintain a daily presence in sport that took him from you. Racing is clearly no longer part of your life, and we get that. 

More difficult to understand, however, is your decision to deny the public -- Dale’s fans – virtually every opportunity to relive and rekindle the memory of his illustrious career. We’ve heard stories of you declining to loan race cars and memorabilia to organizations like the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, who desire only to preserve his memory and introduce the man called “The Intimidator” to new generations of race fans. 

Even worse, we hear of the distance – both physical and emotional – that exists between you and Dale’s three eldest children; Kerry, Kelley and Dale, Jr.; as well as the continuing battles over his legacy, his estate and the race team that once bore his name.  

It’s as if you believe that locking Dale’s memory behind closed doors – keeping it exclusively to yourself at the exclusion of all others – somehow endears him to us, even more.  

Nothing could be further than the truth. 

“Cornering the market” by micromanaging his memory and challenging his children’s right to their own last name may keep the cash rolling in, but it diminishes our memory of your husband. It also casts you – his widow and legal representative – in a very poor light. The bitterness you continue to display toward Dale’s children is impossible to defend. More important, it is not what he would have wanted. 

If you truly loved Dale – and we know you did – you should also respect his children. Short of that, the least you can do is avoid being a negative influence in their lives. Kerry, Kelley and Dale, Jr. don’t need your help. They're all doing quite nicely on their own, with no apparent assistance from you.  

Just don’t spin them out. Let them run their race, while you run yours. 

Live and let live. 

We assure you, Mrs. Earnhardt, that we are not stupid. We know the difference between the great Dale Earnhardt and others with the same last name. We are capable of differentiating between your late husband and his surviving children, all of whom have made successful names for themselves, both in and out of racing. And no matter what your high-priced attorneys may claim, we understand that Kerry and Rene Earnhardt’s latest business venture has nothing to do with a man who passed away 15 years ago. 

We do not see today’s headlines as an attempt on your part to protect The Intimidator’s legacy. We see them as a mean-spirited effort to prevent Dale’s children from using their own name; a name they were born with, and which you merely inherited by marriage. It is their birthright, and you are wrong to deny them that right, based on nothing more than capitalistic greed. 

You are an Earnhardt, and always will be. But you are not the only Earnhardt. It is irresponsible and self-serving to insert Dale’s name into a senseless dispute where there are no winners, only losers. 

You didn’t ask for our advice, but we will offer it, nonetheless. Perhaps it’s time for you to invest as much time and energy to supporting your late husband’s children – all of them – as you do to safeguarding his money. Perhaps then, we will once again be free to remember him (and you) as fondly as you both deserve. 

Rest assured that we will never forget Dale, no matter how closely you guard every trophy and trinket.

202 comments:

  1. May God and Buddha Bless You,,, "Godfather"... BWH

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    1. I disagree with godfather time to time. But he hit it perfect. And he said it so professional. Perfect. Thank you sir

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    2. I disagree with godfather time to time. But he hit it perfect. And he said it so professional. Perfect. Thank you sir

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    3. Sherry2:09 AM

      Such a sad and disappointing situation. Thank you for speaking on behalf of Dale Sr's fans.

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    4. Well said, good sir. I wonder if there's some sort of harassment suit Kerry can file, or if the eldest 3, by way of birthright and fan petition can file a defamation case and order her cease and desist from use of it.

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    5. Anonymous3:23 AM

      Very well said. Dale Sr. and his family became our family too. So devastated by his death, and have such great respect for his kids. I know from experience how hard loosing your
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  2. Great letter Dave. What she is doing is sad and somewhat of a reflection of what kind of a person she really is.

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    1. Anonymous5:22 PM

      Well said

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    2. True statement Phast. She did run the business while Dale was alive, but as you can see she is losing all grasp on reality. God help her.

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    3. Thank You Dave Moody. You are the very well spoken THANKS AGAIN.#3

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    4. Anonymous9:33 AM

      MONEY TALKS.. B S WALKS..JUST MY SAYING..I HAVE ALLWAYS LOVED THE WAY DALE RACED. AND NOW WISHING HIS SON WOULD WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP....

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    5. Love the letter. Long live The Intimidator!!!!

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    6. Anonymous11:58 PM

      Oh, how true. Great piece. I wish someone would have stepped on her before!!

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    7. Anonymous10:34 PM

      Very Well Said Moody This Is A Very Sad Story What Shes Doing To Dale Jr And The Others I Have Known Dale And Dale Jr A Long Time They Use To Come From Dales Car Lot In Newton N.C . And I Waited On The Workers And Salesmen Had The Pleasure Of Dale N His Son Coming In For Lunch Dale Jr Will Always Be Dales Son And Nothing She Can Do To Take That From Them They Are All Part Of The Family She Was Second In It All She Should Be Proud Of Them Instead Of Trying To Hurt Them More God Knows What She's Doing And It Will Be Addressed When She Faces Judgment Day Love You Dale Jr Karry N Kelly I Pray That This Comes Back On Her Them Children Are His And Should Always Have The Earnhardt Name They Were Here Before She Was

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    8. sharon gregory12:13 PM

      Well said Godfather, Mr Moody, I've always known there was a lot of friction but never imagined just how bad it has become. She (Teresa) is a very ruthless and selfish woman and she has no right to go on causing hate and discontent towards Dale Earnhardt children. Such a sad story. They were his children far before she came around, shame on you Teresa, I won't address you as an Earnhardt, for they deserve my respect not you.

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    9. Teresa is a greedy and hateful woman. I don't see how she can sleep at night.. oh oh yes I do. She sleeps with her purse.

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    10. Personally, I think the Earnhardt's should counter-sue Theresa, and make her drop the name. It would server that super-b right. Nastiest person I have seen in a long, long time. I knew when it happened 15 years ago that she would run the name in the ground. She continues to show the world her sorry, selfish side every time she graces the pages of the morning news. This is shocking to no one. Horrible, horrible woman.

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    11. Teresa needs a stay in the Nut house. She doesn't own the name Earnhart. Just as Keith Urban learned he is not the only with the name

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  3. Anonymous3:39 PM

    AMEN! Thank you Godfather

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  4. Wow!!! an amazing piece of writing

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    1. jodey olson6:29 AM

      What a heart felt letter. I feel every Earnhardt fan was represented here. Thank you for also being a fan, and putting eveyones thoughts onto paper.

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    2. Anonymous9:24 AM

      Obviously Teresa is ailing.My prayers are that she receive counsel,that brings her into the "light of right"Surely,Kerry has every right to use his last name in business.The are countless cases of law proving.As an outsider,I see a woman,probably grieving ,thinking her decisions are sound.However,my wiew,she's becoming reckless,spending countless thousands to attornies whom would better serve her by steering her away from ,financial loss .The Earnhardts are Christian people,whom surely would rather Love and get along,than have the division of the Earnhardt's family.Time WILL heal all wounds,but only if the patient allows for the treatment

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  5. Amazing letter. My hope is that the right individual reads it and truly internalizes it.

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  6. Anonymous3:48 PM

    Not sure how she can stop his children from using their last name on anything. Who died and left her with all rights to the last name of his children?

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    1. Anonymous10:22 AM

      Dale Sr.

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    2. Anonymous4:58 PM

      ...and everyone here has the right to comment on her awful behavior.

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    3. Anonymous10:35 PM

      Amenn They Were Dales Children Not Hers !!

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    4. I agree they have there birth given right to use there own name I think this lady needs to get a grip

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    5. I agree they have there birth given right to use there own name I think this lady needs to get a grip

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  7. More than fair, and spot-on, Dave! Nicely done... nicely done!

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  8. Her behavior is hard to comprehend.

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  9. Anonymous3:56 PM

    What business is it of ours or yours Dave Moody????

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    1. Teresa! Is that you Teresa? Or maybe this is her high-priced lawyer posting anonymously. It's our business because we're making it our business.

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    2. Anonymous5:02 PM

      If its in the news and put out publicly, it is able to be commented on. Whether its anyones business or not is irrelevant once its news.

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    3. Injustice should be called out whenever it's seen, not just when you're the victim of it.

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    4. Anonymous1:45 AM

      I have not always agreed with your opinions, but really like this letter. From the day she pushed Jr away from the DEI business which was suppose to be his, I have not been able to stand hearing her name, and now she is trying to keep another of Dale's sons down. What a pathetic person! Greed is the perfect word to describe her.

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    5. Everyone is entitled to their opinion Anonymous!

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    6. How disappointed I am of Teresa. Trying to take Dale's own childrens name from them or the use of. These are the same children that has Dale's DNA flowing through their body. These are the same children that loved their daddy, that all cherished him. They suffered great loss when he passed, they not only lost a friend, a mentor, and a hero but they lost apart of their own identity they lost their DADDY!!! Kerry, Kelly, Dale and Taylor, my prayers are with each of you and your families. I hurt for you all as you are forced to deal with this again. God be with you all.

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    7. Anonymous1:26 AM

      I love my step children for many reasons. But if for no other reason, I love them because they are a part of my wife. Wonderful human beings of her creation. I can't imagine pushing them out of my life.

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    8. DALE EARNHARDT was a public figure~~~~~~~~ One by choice..... Wronging his blood publically is everybody's business once you publically make a stupid decision to wrong that blood....... Get some psychological help then right wrong..... I pretty much guarantee your heart will feel a hell of a lot better!!!!!

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  10. Anonymous3:57 PM

    Well said, Moody! This whole mess is disheartening and I could never imagine anyone doing this to their children, whether is be by birth, step-children, or adoption. Greed, sad.

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  11. Anonymous3:57 PM

    Awesome read. I can't believe she is doing this . keep up he good work Dave

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  12. Alan Barrett4:04 PM

    Well said Mr. Moody

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  13. Wow! So powerful, but then the truth always is powerful.

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  14. This story infuriated me today, I am glad you put words to my thoughts, I cannot believe Dale would be happy about any of this, from letting DEI crumble to this current mess, if his name and legend were truly her goals, DEI would be fighting Hendrick and Penske for championships right now instead of being a sad.... museum?? only open for business 2 days a week... It is a slap in fans faces to treat his legacy so poorly and I cannot believe she feels these actions will do anything but alienate more people from his legend... There should be an Earnhardt hall at the Hall of fame, dripping in his accomplishments for all to see and learn about... Thank goodness Childress has built one in his old shop for us to remember him by... In 2008 I went to Charlotte for a kind of spiritual retreat.. I visited RCR and Hendrick and wanted to go to DEI as well but by then, it hurt to think of what was left of his once great vision... Either go away and re-recluse or truly honor your husbands legacy.... AND GROW UP.....

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    1. Anonymous10:42 PM

      So Greatly Sad Amen For This Feeling !! She's Took Everything From Those Children And Thinks She's The Owner Of It All I'm Sorry But Its Really Sad Dale And His Family Has To Go Through What She's Putting Them Through !! Sad Sad Sad

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    2. Anonymous7:19 PM

      Totally disappointed that DEI wasn't open daily. Such a beautiful place and had to miss out on what was inside.

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  15. Guy Flagg4:05 PM

    My wife and I are behind you 1000%. She is being selfish and non Charsmattering . Thank you for all you do for the fans.


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      What in the hell does non Charsmattering mean?

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    2. Anonymous3:41 PM

      lol

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  16. Well written. Thank you!!

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  17. Well written. Thank you!!

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  18. Anonymous4:10 PM

    As always Dave, eloquent words put together to say what needs to be said. Just hope she listens.

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  19. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Thanks Godfather. THERESA should be ashamed of herself....

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  20. Anonymous4:20 PM

    well said, hope she reads it and reflects on her decisions

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  21. Anonymous4:24 PM

    Sir, that was brilliantly written.No one can or will dispute one word. Dale Sr will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! And each one of his kids have been brilliant in their our rights . Kudos Sir, Kudos. Dale Jr fan for life. :-)

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  22. Well said. Dale sr wouldn't like the stance she is taking against his own kids. Next thing you know she'll ask Dale jr to change his name.

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    1. I don't think she will do that I Google him the other day and I believe Theresa ownes his name, something he signed when he was driving for her when his daddy died. Theresa gets money for whatever Dale, Jr., brings in under the Earnhardt name. I think that is why his car business is JR Motor Racing. I do not think that Dale Sr., would want Theresa doing this to his children, I would fight this woman and get my name back. If I was Kerry I would fight this with tooth and nails. I believe if you would ask the head of the Earnhardt family Ms. Martha she would tell you that her son would not want this.

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    2. Well spoken!!! Teresa has ruined D.E.I. The shop that was open Monday -Friday is only open on certain days. She's keeping Dales fan from remembering him,Dale was one of us. I hope that Kerry,dale junior and Kelly take D.E.I.from her.take the houses,cars,boats,planes,etc!!!

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    3. Actually, Teresa does not own Dale Jr.'s name anymore and hasn't since 2006 when they finally came to a agreement on the terms. It is sad that Dale's children can't use the name they were born with without there father's widow acting like a fool.

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    4. Brandy, Teresa does not own JR's name, she gave it to him when he was still with DEI. She does not make a dime off of JR.

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    5. Anonymous10:58 PM

      She didn't give it to him, I believe he had to buy it from her. He had to buy the rights to his own name from his step-mother.

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    6. You want to be pissed at someone for DEI owning Jr's name then take that up with his father. He's the one who controlled Jr's name, signature, likeness, etc.

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  23. Anonymous4:29 PM

    Very nicely written!

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  24. I think Teresa has the right to do what she wants and shouldn't give a crap what you think ...

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    1. Taking a child's birth given name from them is crappie this lady needs to get a gri

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    2. Anonymous7:15 PM

      She is not trying to take their name. She owns the Earnhardt trademarked font. She owned it when Sr. Was still alive. She is a HELL of. A business woman. there are rules that go with how it's used.

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  25. I think Teresa has the right to do what she wants and shouldn't waste one second caring what you think

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    1. Anonymous1:30 PM

      Question, Ken: Do you think it would be alright for her to pull the same thing on the thousands of people whose last name is Earnhardt and aren't related to Dale Sr? What about his brothers and sisters? Are they allowed to use their last name/maiden name? This is wrong, very wrong. Teresa, I'm no one, but, if you or someone close to you are reading this, for Dale's sake, stop this effort to destroy Kerry's life.

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    2. Anonymous10:47 PM

      If the name was McDonald, would he be able to open a restaurant called McDonalds? NO! You have to protect your trademark. That's the law. The correct thing to do would be for Teresa to grant a license to Kerry, with the fees going to DEI.

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    3. Anonymous12:31 AM

      agree

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    4. Anonymous3:13 PM

      You are mistaken about trademark law. I have worked in the field for 20+ years. I suggest you investigate further, if it really interests you. You might want to ask yourself, for example, how Delta Faucets and Delta Airlines coexist.

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  26. Very very well said and thank you

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  27. Awesome letter... Biggest Dale Earnhardt fan ever since 5 years old!!! My first late model was all black #3 in respect to my idol. You can see it if you look close at the car made of photos sent in at hall of fame if still there. As a self proclaimed "Biggest Fan" in the world, I couldn't agree more with this well written letter.

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  28. Anonymous4:42 PM

    I can only add a big AMEN!

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  29. Your mastery of the spoken word is c;early matched by your written words...so insightful, Dave!

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  30. Jim Chapman4:44 PM

    Thank you Godfather. No one could have said it better.

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  31. This is a phenomenal letter!! Powerful and truthful!!

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  32. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Good Job Dave.
    It's tough to understand exactly what she's trying to accomplish..

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  33. Maybe if Kerry Earnhardt used a different stylized "E" then Teresa would drop her law suit?

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    1. Anonymous12:38 AM

      Good one! Seems to work for others

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  34. Anonymous4:53 PM

    Well Said!!

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  35. Well said Dave! Selfishness and demeaning of her to say the least. After all his memory and reputation belongs to her and his FANS. She doesn't owe us anything monetarily, but she sure as hell owes Dales kids and us the fans huge!
    Theresa, don't be childish and downright cruel anymore. You have destroyed any respect we ever had for you, but you can again rejoin us all in Dales historic memory!
    Dales is in the lap of our Lord and looking down with extreme displeasure!

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  36. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Not that Dave's article needs anything because its very well put together but just to add a tid-bit for those of you that have not read and/or understand the Bible Scripture First Timothy 6:10....Theresa's actions ever since the day so many of us lost our hero have spoken for themselves and this latest "event" just confirms what we already know. This stronghold (The Love of Money) is not prejudice of whom it will consume and I would say in most cases, the only Hope these individuals have at overcoming it comes from Our Heavenly Father. It would be easy for us all to have a grudge/hate for Theresa and how things have unfolded since Dales passing but GOD calls us all to give Grace where Grace is needed. I would hate to know what Dale has thought about the selfishness for lack of better words Theresa has had for 3 of his 4 children since he left us but I do know he would want us all to provide the Prayer she needs and hopefully right her wrongs sooner than later. This particular stronghold has temporarily halted the relationship I had with My Two Beautiful ANGELS and just like in my circumstances as well as the above mentioned/ I know that GOD is in control and HIS Will for each and everyone us will always prevail no matter what we view the circumstances to be for the present. Everything is in GODS Timing as is this, Prayers for Theresa/Kerry/Kelley/Dale Jr and Taylor.

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  37. Dave, spot on. I went to D.E.I last week and it was so sad to see what it has become. I tired to make sense of how a man came up on red dirt made the place that would make any Dale Earnhardt fan proud to stand on the grounds which he wanted to be a power house in the sport that made him and his family very well off. As I sat on a bench out side the front entry I almost started to cry. I'll never forget when Dale Jr ask to have his rightful piece of the company to make it what his dad would have wanted if the were alive. And Tony Stewart saying at the time if she didn't give Dale Jr part ownership that 50 percent of something is far better than a 100 percent of nothing and that D.E.I would nothing more than a Museum if Dale Jr left. And sad to say it is and a sad place at that, but very well kept. I got to see the new Dale Earnhardt Sr Statue. And wondered how much that cost and if it brings Teresa some happiness? The souvenir shop had nothing new and shirts from when Dale Jr was there and only in large. I was surprised you didn't mention why there still no number 8 on the track even thou she is no longer in the sport. If her daughter were to use the name for personal gain for the same thing as Kerry would that be okay? Only if she was cut in on the profits?

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  38. Shannon3n885:16 PM

    Excellent letter, Dave. Excellent exercise in futility, I'm afraid. We loved Big E in my household, and of course we were equally devastated when we lost him. I say that to say this:

    If Dale Sr. wanted things (estate, business ventures, etc.) handled a certain way upon his untimely demise, he should have spelled it out clearly in a will beforehand.

    We all remember Dale saying Teresa was the brains behind the legalese and copyrights, that she was the king maker. The savvy woman behind the successful man.

    Who are we to question specific issues Teresa has with items that could be within a *grey* area of decades-old contracts and exclusionary rule?

    I do have an honest question though, and I hope it isn't taken the wrong way: there's no denying Kerry's lineage, but isn't his given last name not Earnhardt? Semantics, I know.

    Teresa versus the non-Dale/Teresa offspring has been contentious at best, even going so far as to deny Dale Jr the chance to take the number 8 to his new employer, and that whole junk where she wanted a percentage of his (Dale Jr's) name because it is THAT name... To see her doing this with Kerry really isn't shocking. I can only think of one word: typical.

    Perhaps one day race fans young and old will be able to see footage of Big E racing and interviews and old commercials, but I'm thinking after Teresa shuffles off this mortal coil, Taylor will have been well trained in the ways of pay to play and protect the assets like dear old mom.

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    1. Kerry was born an Earnhardt. He had little/no relationship with his biological father for a few years, though, and briefly took the last name of his stepfather. He was just a young boy at that point, and that decision was made for him.

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    2. A decision made by his mother when he was only 3 years old. When Kerry turned 16 he fought, with his father's help, to get his birth name back. Kerry was legally born a Earnhardt. Teresa needs to get over herself and stop acting like the evil stepmother to Dale's kids. Dale always supported Kerry, Dale Jr and Kelley in their adventures and as the old saying goes "he is rolling in his grave over this."

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    3. Anonymous7:21 PM

      Kerry thought a lot of his stepfather. Always said his father is Dale Sr. But his DAD will always be his stepfather. Sr. Made all those.kids stand on their own. Neil Bonnett PROBABLY helped Kelley and Jr.the most.

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  39. Scott Webb5:20 PM

    About the Hall of Fame and other museums- The people who rooted and cheered for Dale Earnhardt Sr and buy his souvenirs even today deserve to be able to see the memorabilia that you contend she withholds. The museums are some of the only places that bring to life the actions and deeds of the heroes we have lost. It is a shame to horde the memories from the rest of the NASCAR nation. Scott Webb

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  40. Brian Anderson5:25 PM

    Well said Godfather. Hope she can take your words to Heart. And live up to being the INTIMIDATER'S wife. It is very sad how she has treated Family and Fans.

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  41. Anonymous5:28 PM

    very well written, praise the Lord.

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  42. Very well written I think you captured what many are thinking. Sad day that it has come to this . I hope she comes to her senses soon.

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    1. It hasn't happened in 15 years, not holding much hope

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  43. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Thank you for saying what we feel. No one has the right to take away the use of a person's own name. It's not what Dale would have wanted. She needs to remember that.

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  44. She's not an Earnhardt, this article is fantastic, and she is a ......

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  45. Julie Friedman5:33 PM

    Great letter Dave.

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  46. GREAT LETTER AND YOU CAPTURED THE HEART AND THOUGHTS OF 100,000,000 000 EARNHARDT FANS.THANK YOU.

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  47. Thank you,you have captured the hearts and minds of 1000,000,000 EARNHARDT FANS.WELL SAID AND WRITTEN,I WOULDNT HAVE BEEN AO NICE.

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  48. Thank you for speaking for the fans as well as yourself Dave. We tried to understand her feelings, as being a widow and being a broken-hearted fan are not even a comparison. However, it just doesn't seem to get any better. No, we don't know the whole story, but she leaves us no choice but to stand beside these three very well grounded and very successful Earnhardt children. Dale is proud and we are proud of Kerry, Kelley, and Dale Jr.

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  49. Anonymous6:11 PM

    Thank you (as always Dave) for your opinions and arguments. I believe this letter incorporates what many of us Dale fans feel and think about this whole mess. What a shame it is!

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  50. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Kerry didn't name his company after his father, he simply used his last name. She may have the rights to DALE EARNHARDT'S name brand but she doesn't own the EARNHARDT name and thats what needs to be told to the court system.

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  51. She should be ashamed she ran his business into the ground and disowned the ones he loved the most.Every one of his kids are amazing individuals.His legacy will live on.

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  52. Anonymous10:34 PM

    I hope this letter goes viral...VERY well done. thank-you sir, and God bless the Earnhardt family as they deal with this unfortunate situation.

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  53. patbud8@hotmail.com10:37 PM

    Thanks Dave! from another Canadian Spitfire! These children have had to grieve and then pick up the pieces of their lives in the public! They never got to run and hide. They have more Earnhardt spirit than she could ever think she has. She still doesn't get it how loyal SR. fans are? And how protective we are of his children who have all turned out respectful and fine young people!

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  54. Tami Rhom10:43 PM

    Reading all the comments, it just came to me...I always wondered why Dale didn't have a will, just maybe, the "savvy business woman", didn't want him to have a will, because she knew she would have to share! What an evil woman!! God help her!

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  55. Very well said Mr. Moody. Heard you read this on air today. You hit every point with power and respect.

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  56. This is AMAZING WELL DONE sir! It's everything I've thought for so many years!!

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  57. Anonymous11:35 PM

    Well written, she unfortunately is not a fond memory as Dale SR. And the rest of the family are. She come off as the mean stepmother determined to destroy what he built.

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  58. Thank you Dave for expressing the thoughts of so many. Very well written!

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  59. Whether this was the Earnhardt family or any family children should have the right to use their own name.

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  60. Anonymous12:22 AM

    Ok Mrs E... read, comprehend, act positively.

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  61. Anonymous12:26 AM

    I personally think you were too nice, but I understand what you said and why. Another time, another day.

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  62. Teresa is an Earnhardt by Marriage. The three eldest children are Earnhardt by birth. I know who would win in my court.

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  63. She has repeatedly revealed herself for what she is, and that is a shame, because much respect was evidently endowed, and misplaced upon the widow of Dale Earnhart Sr. Grief annd Memories can be an exhausting exercise. Greed and selfishness feed on a weak mind. Lawyers feed on the greedy and selfish. Shakespeare had the formula for that remedy right.

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  64. Its been 15 years if she hasnt come to her senses by now sadly i dont think she ever will.
    She is a spiteful mean woman. She was always jealous of dales oldest 3 children. What kind of legacy will she leave for taylor a sad shop.
    After everything sr did for the sport. At least his kids and richard childress wont let srs fans down.
    What will she have in the end?
    A sad, bitter, lonely woman.

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  65. THE MASKMARVEL. UR FRIEND4:06 AM

    Thank you God father a great letter I am sure dale is rolling over in his grave the knowing how she is treating his kids .

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  66. I couldn't agree more. All of this nonsense does nothing but cast Teresa in a bad light while denying the very children that Dale fathered, the right to simply use the name that they were born with. I agree: she is an Earnhardt by marriage; they are his children by birth!

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  67. I hate seeing what she has done, but it doesn't suprise me at all. Ive always thought she was in it, only for the money and lifestyle being Dales' wife, provided. I remember a saying i heard years ago. " look daddy, some people are so poor, all they have is money".. Seems to fit her perfectly. I hope Kerry and the family get the last laugh on this soulless woman.

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  68. Thank you for saying what needed to be said. Your words expressed my thoughts exactly but you have a voice that delivers my thoughts. I hope she gets it.

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  69. WELL DONE sir. I admire people who have the courage to speak up like this. Her only salvation will come only when she realizes the importance of reinvestment of his monies to benefit humanity.

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  70. I help feed teams with now the Garlic Garage. I looked forward to meeting Teresa since I did not get the opportunity to meet Dale. I met all Dale Sr. kids and respect them all. When Kerry was at a race track he always spent extra time with us volunteers, we were the Weber grill gang back then. I know I will never meet Teresa since she turned her back on everyone, that's just the way I feel. Dale Sr. kids deserve better no doubt. I pray that we have a great reunion and we can celebrate together because that day we lost a legend we will no matter what Teresa does we will never, never forget.

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  71. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Teresa is wrong and she should just let it go! Loved the letter!!!

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  72. I currently help at races with the Garlic Garage. I was formerly a volunteer with the Weber Grill gang. I never met Dale Sr. because I was outside the garage doing other volunteer work like ushering & security under the stands at Pocono before we started feeding teams. I since have met all Dales kids and like them all. I was looking forward to meeting Teresa but never got that opportunity because she turned her back on NASCAR Nation. When Kerry was racing he would spend a lot of time with us and I appreciated that. I pray that there will be a reunion with Teresa and Dale's children. I hope she loosens the reigns she has placed on Dale's legacy. All us fans lost a little something that day.

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  73. SHAME ON YOU TERESA EARNHARDT!

    It is so sad how Teresa Earnhardt treats Dale's Oldest Three Kids. I know all three kids {Kerry, Kelly and Dale Jr.} and they have a half-sister Taylor Earnhardt and I feel it is really sad that Teresa is teaching Taylor how to be so petty and greedy!

    SHAME ON YOU TERESA AND I AM SURE DALE Sr. IS LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN IN DISBELIEF!


    I VERY DISAPPOINTED that you are appealing a recent U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision upholding the right of Kerry Earnhardt – eldest son of your late husband, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. – to market homes and home furnishings under the name "The Earnhardt Collection.” Kerry and Rene Earnhardt have built their business on their own using Kerry's BIRTHRIGHT NAME which you do not own.

    YEP, Teresa Earnhardt, YOU DISAPPOINT ME BEYOND BELIEF and so many others!

    This is an EXCELLENT LETTER To Teresa and says exactly how so many of Dale's Fans Feel concerning Dale's Legacy!

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  74. I suppose "Mothers Day" will be a lonesome day for this mother. Teresa, hate makes you miserable and will take all your happiness away. Forgive those you feel that hate for and you will find true peace and happiness .

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  75. Bravo Dave! A point I hope the court will acknowledge and throw this out immediately is the fact that Kerry, Kelly and Dale jr were all Earnhardts before she came along and therefore have more rights than her to that name.

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  76. I think you hit the nail on the head well done godfather


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  77. Dave, spot on on ever point you wrote. As like every passing of a love one we all hurt inside. We, the fans, all grieve with her on his passing but what would be worst is that we never see real Dale Sr. It's sad to think this but as the years goes by that we the fan's begin to talk about Dale Sr. as one of those great drivers. 20 years from now when a parent holding their child's hand standing in front of Dale's Sr. statue asking "Who is that?". We can only say "He was one of the greats drivers NASCAR. I wish I can show you something about him." That would be the worst thing anyone can do to his legacy. Theresa, as Dave said we all grieve with you but if you open you heart and show us how not only he was a great driver but a great man, father, and husband, that would be the greats gift you can show your love to Dale's life and his fan's.

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  78. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Amen sir!

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  79. Well written, to the point and of course, politically correct

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  80. I only wish I could have expressed the thoughts as well as you. I pray that Teresa or one of her lawyers read your article and take heed to your words. Thank you.

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  81. What's next the announcers can only say Dale JR, not Dale Earnhardt JR?

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  82. Anonymous1:51 PM

    Well Done Dave!! You spoke for all us.

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  83. Your letter speaks as I might have also spoken, stopping short only at the point I would have added that I fully expect that the venom Theresa has spewed to Dale Sr.'s oldest children at every opportunity since her loss has also affected his youngest child's relationship with her older 1/2 siblings. Theresa might fail to recognize the fact that THEY ALL lost the only FATHER they would ever have and they might have bonded more closely because of that very fact. She's gone beyond reasonable with this action. Will she next insist on anyone unrelated, but having the surname "Earnhardt" changing it, so as not to confuse the "fans" as well?

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  84. Like so many others, I just don't understand her ridiculous behaviour. Nothing is going to bring Dale back, and I only wish that Sr. had made better arrangements for the disposition of his estate. He trusted her, and I doubt that his intention was to shut out all of his children with the exception of Taylor. She is apparently obsessed, and she has enough money that she doesn't have to care about others. Karma doesn't care about money, though..Shame on you Teresa! EVERYONE has a right to their own name..

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  85. Not a racing fan at all, but this was a great letter. This sounds sounds similar to this http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ahmet-dweezil-frank-zappa/ Here is the New York Times article that describes the dispute. What is interesting if you don't read the Times story is that only 2 of the kids have control of the Trust I have read about cases that are more similar to the Ernhardt story. One has to wonder why Dale did not give his kids more of a say in how they could use their own last name among other things. You would think that people that have money would take more care about things like this Look at Prince. Not only does he die without a will, but there will be 5 or 6 arguing about what their share should be.

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  86. Because slapping Dale's name on furniture and bedding is the way to honor him. What a bunch of crap...

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      Pretty sure it is Kerry's name as well.

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    2. This is not slapping Dale's name on anything. Kerry and his wife design the collection and it's Kerry's name not Dale's. She's a spiteful vindictive bitch.

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    3. They're not calling it that to honor their dad! It's their last name too! Hence The Earnhardt collection!

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    4. They're not doing it to honor SR. It's their last name too! Hence The Earnhardt collection!

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  87. Great letter Dave. This isn't about one woman's selfish behavior. She's misled a group of fans into beleiving it was all about the racing. She acted like she cared about "all" Dale's kids. Sr. trusted her to be the woman she portrayed. He's not. If there is blame, some rests on Dale Sr. We trusted her too much. He didn't ensure his older kids were protected from the greed happening today. His legacy live with the fans, not Teresa. I'd say all the kids should go out and start busines, after business that violates her belief of their rights. Get this into maintstream media, let her tarnish her reputation. Shining light on something is far more powerful than playing her games.

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  88. Fantastic letter! Makes you wonder if she was like this to the older kids before he passed. Spiteful.

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  89. Thank you Dave, for expressing the feelings and sensibilities of so many~

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  90. Very well written. Perfectly said! That's why your the godfather! Teresa is dead wrong on this matter!

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  91. Anonymous6:04 PM

    Growing up right in the heart of the sport in NC like I did & knowing many of it's participants, (both famous & obscure), one knew that Teresa set her sights on Dale back in the 70s. You didn't cross Teresa back then, & as time went on, she merely consolidated her power. She was the driving force behind Dale's financial, (not racing), success, & she used that to control everything that she could, to where we are today.

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  92. Very well written and said. Dale would be furious that she's treating his older children in this manner. Then, he would be appalled that she has treated the fans and Nascar Community in the manner she has. They were the force that helped "The Intimidator" drive to such greatness. I hope that Mrs. Earnhardt remembers that no one will forget her actions. She is creating a very lonely world for herself. Money and things cannot replace respect, that is something she does NOT have from anyone in the #NascarNation. RIPDale, you did a good job with your kids. They are doing amazing. You'd be so very proud of them.

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  93. It's understood that RCR owns the "3" logo and anything "DEI" is hers, where I get lost is the memorabilia that bears both his name and the number logo. It would make sense that it's an even split although I'm sure it's not that simple. I've spent countless $ as many of us fans have over the years, 95% of my money was spent while he was still with us, but I will be darned if I will spend anymore on memorabilia if she is greatly profiting from it. I have hey tremendous amount of respect for RC, and his organization deserves any profits made from his race team. The most affective way to make her disappear, is for the NASCAR community to unite to remember Dale that does not involve her making profit. If that means only supporting the "3" without the attached name.

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  94. Really Dave, an "open letter?"
    Who do you think you are to butt into the Earnhardt's family affairs and tell Teresa how she should conduct her business under the guise that "we" want her to change her behavior. Next time change the "we" in your letter to "I" and deliver it to her in person.
    Calling out a person in your public blog and seemingly to speak for all the fans is presumptuous in the least and otherwise very arrogant.

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  95. Well said Dave! This is a sad cash where money means more than family. Her greed loses to the integrity of the Earnhardt kids.

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  96. Anonymous1:40 AM

    Is anyone really surprised by this? She always treated Dale's kids with disrespect. Did any of them live with her and Dale? No. The only reason she had any good (?) relationship with Jr. is because she was smart and savvy enough to have realized that there was money to be made from him just like Sr.. She always has been this way and I seriously doubt if she plans to change now. She will always be this way. As far as she is concerned Taylor is Dale's only child.

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  97. Anonymous8:31 AM

    I have the Autoweek cover of Sr. from immediately after his death framed over my desk. I look at it dozens of times a day. Seeing it doesn't make me sad it makes me happy to have been born in an era that he coexisted in. For his widow to micromanage his memory as she has may be her choice, but the choice denies us from celebrating his glorious life.

    I hope she sees the light before her last days. She can't take his trinkets with her. And history won't be kind to her memory.

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  98. Teresa really has a lot of hate in her soul. Apparently she hates the sport of racing because it took her man away. But what killed Dale was the fact he refused tell wear a safety harness. There have been crashes similar to and even worse yet the driver was only injured. Sometimes not even injured because they wear the harness. Teresa apparently hates the very fans who spent their hard earned wages to see Dale race. Which made him rich and famous. The fans gave her her lifestyle and she spits in their faces. Sorry. I cannot be diplomatic regarding this subject. Her attitude is "scorched earth" and a lot of innocent people are hurt because of it. Selfish is selfish. She us not protecting Dales legacy. She is protecting her own pride. Who knew that a racing icon would have a person like that in their lives. It's a free country and you can be just as petty as you like. (No pun intended.)

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  99. As usual Dave you shine a light on a subject with respect. Your words have been seen by many, but I hope the person who needs to see it gets to see it and read it. I hope things change and she welcomes the facts you pointed out and makes an effort to be not only the widow of Dale Sr. but a family member to the Ernhardt's ....

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  100. It would truly be a blessing if this kind of nonsense would stop. As long as the battling continues Dale Sr. will never rest. Stop all this and let this wonderful , kind hearted person rest in person. I am sure he has turned over a few times in his grave with all this uglyness that is going on.

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  101. Kerry was an Earnhardt before she was, he should sue her!!!

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  103. Anonymous12:15 AM

    This sounds like Dale`s children love and accept her,as their father loved and married her!! I truly believe Dale SR. would be hurt that this battle and not loving his children and do not have a loving relationship!! I respect her feelings to avoid the public !! Maybe she should get some counseling to help with her grief!! May GOD BLESS this family and bring them all back to the loving family they once were!!

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  104. Clearly her greed is setting her up for the ultimate loss. Make things right before karma ruins your life. Perfectly written Dave.

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  106. I am so glad that so many think in the lines as you Godfather.

    I am shocked that she has cast this ugliness amongst the family.

    I guess once disgrace was cast to her for pushing jr out as well as not letting him keep his number brought about the ugly greed.

    When her number comes up and she meets her demise with no one to stand by her side how she will feel.

    And when that day does come forward will the kids see anything of what their father built for them ?

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  107. Very well put and much nicer than anything I would have to say about her or to her.

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  108. Anonymous10:27 AM

    By denying them their birth given last name, you are also denying them their father. He was their father before your husband. Haven't they felt enough grief losing their father? Let them have the right to use the last name given to them by the father they loved.

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  109. Joyce Holder10:32 AM

    Perfect

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  110. Truer words were never spoken maybe this will help her heart of ice melt some.

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  111. Mark P.10:19 PM

    Excellent Letter Dave! Thank you for publishing it.

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  112. Wordman,

    Every word you used in that was perfect. You truly are, Wordman.

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  113. Great letter Dave. Maybe this will open her eyes and her mind. Hope all is well with you and we miss you at Thunder Road. Used to work there for Speedway Safety.

    Steve Carrier

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  114. Well said Dave, maybe this will open her eyes and her heart. Miss seeing you at Thunder Road. I used to work there for Speedway Safety. Hope all is well.

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  115. Anonymous11:46 PM

    God bless you and your letter of a reality check! She desperately needs to pay attention to every word!

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  116. Anonymous12:05 AM

    If you love the man you then in turn love his children they are all apart of him you can't take that away from them I think you only love Dale for his fame and his fortune and that's why you hate his children because they will have what you never will the blood of their father.

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  117. Hit this one out of the park. Unfortunately, she won't ever read it ... and her staff will likely be sure she doesn't. All I can say is that Karma is a Bitch.

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  118. Anonymous11:32 AM

    I wonder if Dale knew the type of person she was or if he trusted that she would do the right thing by his children. I think he needed a better will. Money can tear apart a family but this lawsuit is just hateful. Not only has she robbed Dales children of his legacy, now she wants their name as well? What a hateful bitter woman.

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  119. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Well stated sir! Every single word.

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  120. Actually you are wrong. In your McDonald's example you are talking about a restaurant or same business. In the Kerry Earnhardt situation it is pertaining to different goods and service - completely different industry. Dale Sr's name including popularity and success is not based on the furniture business or a real estate business therefore it lacks relevance. It wouldn't matter if Dale even had a furniture endorsement when he was alive. If my last name is McDonald and I want to open up a different business such as a car wash, candy store, furniture store I would be able too under the name McDonald's as longs as it doesn't infringe on the burger business.

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  121. Godfather and I don't often agree on many NASCAR-related conversations, but he is spot on in this article. Theresa was fortunate enough to become and Earnhardt and she needs to learn how to be a caretaker of the name instead of a profiteer.

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  122. He did have a will. Be left her with the trademarks, and the manority (controlling) intrests in all of bis businesses. As it should be, she was his wife. To the person that quoted biblical scripture earlier on this thread I say... read 2 Corinthians where Paul told us that when we "cleave unto our spouse, we will forsake all others." That in my understanding includes family. We put our spouses FIRST in other words. That being said, she has no legal right to stop Kerry and his wife, as the judge in the patent lawsuit already decided. They're not using Dale Senior'z name nor image, they're using THEIR last name in an endeavor completey aside from the Dale Earnhardt Senior business, or legacy.

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  123. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Well done, Godfather.

    But let's not let Dale Sr and his closest friends and advisers off the hook. He should have written a will, created some trusts, etc. that could have prevented this.

    No, I'm not a lawyer.

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  124. Anonymous8:06 PM

    I hope it isn't greed, but sorrow that has made her this way. She has tarnished the memory of their "love story". This was an excellent letter and maybe it will make her revisit the past. You can't take it with you and it doesn't fill your heart with love. He is gone but nothing you do will erase our memories of Dale Sr.

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  125. Anonymous9:37 AM

    Well said.

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  126. If you don't understand why she would want them to stop calling it the "Earnhardt" collection then you're nowhere near as smart as we give you credit for. Do you honestly think this is just her sticking it to Kerry? C'mon Dave.

    Imagine if Johnny Earnhardt got into home building and called his homes 'The Earnhardt Collection.' People would 100% assume that had something to do with Dale. Hell, i thought Kerry and Rene were doing this as some sort of partnership with DEI. Clearly they were not.

    Whatever the outcome of the appeal you/people need to stop acting like this is clear cut. It's not. And don't think for a second Kerry and Rene don't know what they were doing here.

    But don't tell Dave that, he'll just berate you for disagreeing with him.

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      they are partnered up with Jr Motorsports and Kelly Earnhardt Miller

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  127. LOVE THIS. What is wrong w/ that woman??!!

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  128. Great letter it is sad to see what greed does to people...

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  129. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Perfection! Dale would not be pleased at this situation. Does she even care about that, I wonder?

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  130. Anonymous6:27 PM

    now your disgracing the Houston name as well, Yes Teresa we know who you were .however I don't think anyone would claim you as family right now!!! your not upholding the tradition set forth by the Houston family or by Martha And Ralph as an Earnhardt. ...

    you can not Intimidate anyone ,and your lucky to have copyrighted and capitalized on the mill-boy lint-head of Dale Sr. before you weazled your way into the Earnhardt's family I remember you at places like Hickory ,Nc. Langley Speedway, Hampton,Va. or Southside Speedway, Richmond, Va. on a thursday or friday or saturday night seeing him behind another womans back,, sneaky you are Teresa sneaky indeed you are not helping Dale sr. "Legacy" RobertLMS#89 from Hampton

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  131. Anonymous11:33 PM

    Well said. She'll probably sue you now. Don't understand why she'd want to deny people from using their own name. It isn't her birth right...she married into it. She needs to get a life and quit loving money....or perhaps that all she ever loved.

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  132. Anonymous10:11 PM

    It sadden me. Dale sr was my hero. I'm not lost for word if I say what I feel it would not be nice but out of respect for the Earnhardt family I will keep it to meself. I just can't believe she could be so vindictive and selfish trod Kerry & Rene & Kelley & dale Jr. Dale love all of his children. Dale loved his hole family. Dale had a work ethic. I met him when I was 9 and I learned that when you do a job you do it right me pappy and dale never seen eye to eye pappy never cared for dale but I did I became a Mechanic and a body man and a painter i can build a hot rod and race cars from the ground up and did some racing I'm 50 now and he is dearly miss in my mind it was a great lose for the Earnhardt family and all who loved him and ME In my heart. You people on here just don't get it Moody i know you do. It's his name just let it live on in his kids. i'm retired now i can't do no more and I miss it just like I miss dale so I say to Mrs. Earnhardt, let the name live on. Dale name will never die for he is in all of or hearts and yours. My dad was an ass but I had Dale to look up to I LOVED HIM FROM A FAR I can't go on no more it is taring me up. so I say to Mrs. Earnhardt,let it go let them use the GOD give name and be happy it lives on when it come to this I'm not shy me name is Jerry Abbott I live in Greenville NC I go by jay or the Irishman I was vary good at what I did and what I build I wish I had a shop so I have some thing to do. Love and peace to the Earnhardt, family and all who loved Dale. GO DALE JR WILL JUNE BUG I'M A JUNE BUG TO GO GET THEM DALE JR LOVE

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  133. That is almost like having John Wayne's children and Elvis Presleys daughter give up the last names they were given a birth. She has no right take the Earnhardt name from his children and grandchildren. That is Dale SRs true legacy and the legacy of his racing career much like his father before him

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  134. Funny, I posted a letter from DEI explaining the situation and they don't allow it here. Figures.

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