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Remembering all we've lost, not just Earnhardt

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Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond is a former NASCAR crew chief who led Darrell Waltrip to two of his three Sprint Cup championships. The duo also teamed up to win the 1989 Daytona 500. Prior to that, Hammond was the jackman for Cale Yarborough for all three of his Cup championships. He has 43 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief. Follow him on Twitter.

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Dale Earnhardt's posthumous induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame was sad, but it was a very historic moment for his family, his team (the Flying Aces) and owner Richard Childress. Once again, it reminded us of what we've lost. A lot of fans feel like Earnhardt is the only person who passed away that we ever talk about. That's not the case, but we're reminded about Earnhardt more often than anyone else because of his success on the racetrack and by some of the things that he did off of the track. It's hard to find a racetrack where he doesn't have a record or where we don't have a spectacular memory of him. That's the reason why it seems like he's the only person we ever remember.

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We still haven't forgotten the Kenny Irwins, the Adam Pettys and the Tony Ropers. They were all important contributors to our sport. They're all special, and each one has a place in our hearts. One of the members of the Alabama Gang, Neil Bonnett, cannot be replaced. He was a great person, a great racecar driver, a great family man and someone that we miss just as dearly as we miss Earnhardt. We'll never know how good Adam Petty could have been. But we do know how special he was when he was here. His infectious smile and attitude will forever live in the memory of a lot of young men and women that are now enjoying the benefits of the Victory Junction Gang Camp in his memory. No, we don't forget those we've lost, but sometimes, the legend of Dale Earnhardt overshadows them.


FOX race analyst Jeff Hammond led Darrell Waltrip to two of DW's three Winston Cup championships as his crew chief. They also teamed to win the 1989 Daytona 500.

For autographed copies of Jeff Hammond's new book "Real Men Work in the Pits" plus magnets, hats and more, check out www.dwstore.com.

For photos and appearances, visit Jeff's web site www.jeffhammond.com.

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