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    Worn Throughout First Half of 1995 Winston Cup Series.

    1995 Dale Earnhardt NASCAR Race Worn Fire Suit from Daytona 500, More. It's hard to believe it's been over a decade since a devastating crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 robbed stock car racing of its most celebrated star, but that star has only continued to rise in his memory. Race worn material from Dale, Sr. remains among the most coveted in the NASCAR collecting world, and here we present one of the finest such artifacts, a fire suit worn in competition during the first half of the 1995 Winston Cup Series, inclusive of not only the Daytona 500 on the same track where the Intimidator would meet his tragic end, but victories in both the Busch Clash and 125 qualifying race. These races include two Victory Lane appearances, his first road course win in the Save Mart 350, and the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro. In addition, he also wore the uniform later in the year in Victory Lane in Martinsville at the Goody's 500 and the season-ending race at Atlanta at the Napa 500 where the defending seven-time Nascar champion passed the torch to Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendricks who won their first first of many championships together. A true nexus of legends.

    Along with a fine variety of flawless photo matches scattered throughout an included hardcover retrospective volume documenting the 1995 Winston Cup Series, provenance is supplied in the form of a photocopied newspaper clipping picturing Earnhardt, the race suit and its new owner, captioned, "High Bidder--Dale Earnhardt poses with Bill Champin, who paid $6,500 at the Winston Cup Preview auction for this Earnhardt driving suit. The money went to benefit the Brenner Childrens Hospital, Air Care and the Racing Wives Auxiliary." A signed receipt of sale from Champin to our consignor is likewise included.

    The suit exhibits strong, sweaty wear throughout, with pilling of the fabric in the areas of friction, evidence to disprove any false notion that auto racing isn't a demanding sport. A considerable array of sponsorship patches adorn the chest of the "GM Goodwrench Service" suit, their placement allowing for definitive photo matching. A 9+/10 black sharpie signature on the chest from Earnhardt completes the package. Documentation as noted in auction copy. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).





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    August, 2012
    2nd Thursday
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