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Earnhardt's death a watershed moment

Originally Published: February 7, 2011
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

Dale Earnhardt's death devastated NASCAR, but may also have saved it.

He resisted the very safety innovations that could have saved his life, and yet "transformed the sport and saved everybody else's life," says Dr. John Melvin, widely considered world motor racing's foremost authority on driver safety.

"Without any changes, drivers would still be dying in NASCAR," Melvin says. "But I don't think we'd be seeing NASCAR right now, quite frankly. I think Congress would have ...

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