On February 18th, 2001, the world of NASCAR lost one of its greatest champions. Dale Earnhardt, the seven-time Cup Series champ who won 76 races and that elusive Daytona 500 in 1998, was killed in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500 as his good friend Michael Waltrip and his son Dale Jr. battled it out for the win in Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolets. As the tenth anniversary of this tragedy approaches, remember “The Intimidator” for what he was – a hard-nosed competitor who brought out the best in other racers. This ten-part series will focus on places to remember “The Man in Black.” Next stop: the Sam Bass Gallery.
Sam Bass is the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR, and his gallery, located at 6104 Performance Dr. in Concord, North Carolina, showcases over 300 pieces of his work. The only art gallery dedicated to the art of NASCAR, the gallery also features Bass-created artwork on guitars. Bass created a number of special and limited edition Earnhardt pieces over the career of “The Intimidator,” many of which are featured at the gallery, and prints are available for purchase.
The Sam Bass Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.). Find out more about the gallery and view some of Bass’ work at www.sambass.com.