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Tuesday, 27 February, 2001, 00:03 GMT
Victory dedicated to Earnhardt
Silent tribute to Earnhardt
Earnhardt's team stand in silence before the race
Dale Earnhardt's team have recorded their second win since the American stock car legend's death in a crash.

Nascar Winston Cup driver Steve Park drove an Earnhardt-owned Chevrolet to victory in the Dura Lube 400 at Rockingham, North Carolina, on Monday.

Park made it two straight triumphs for Earnhardt's team, outbattling Bobby Labonte in a side-by-side duel.

Earnhardt, a legend in American motorsport, was killed on the last turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500 on 18 February.

One of the three cars Earnhardt owned went on to win that race with Michael Waltrip claiming the victory.


There are tears in heaven for you, boy
  Earnhardt team member to Steve Park

The Dura Lube 400 had been stopped because of rain after 52 laps on Sunday and resumed on Monday.

Before the race was halted on Sunday, there had been a haunting reminder of Earnhardt's death a week before.

His son, Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, crashed on the first lap of the race.

Earnhardt Jr, whose car was bumped from behind heading into the oval track's third turn, said he was bruised but otherwise unhurt.

The crash happened minutes after racers and fans paid tribute to Earnhardt's father by observing a moment of silence.

Tributes to dale Earnhardt
Memorials outside Earnhardt's corporate HQ

Pole position was left open during parade laps before the race as a mark of respect.

Park delivered his own tribute with an emotional victory, the second of his Winston Cup career.

He took the lead on the 339th lap of the 393-lap race and was able to pull away from Jeff Gordon.

But in the closing stages of the race, he had to fight off defending Winston Cup champion Labonte.

"That was for Dale," Park said to his crew on the radio.

A crew member radioed back: "There are tears in heaven for you, boy."

Earnhardt, who drove a black car, bearing the number three, won seven Winston Cup series titles.

Park celebrated his victory by spinning out on the front stretch and waving a number three cap in honour of Earnhardt as he gave a reverse victory lap.


This has been a tough week, and it won't be the same without him
  Steve Park on the loss of Earnhardt

"I want to thank all the great race fans who supported Dale Earnhardt," said Park.

Fans waved pennants depicting Earnhardt's trademark Chevrolet. A makeshift memorial to the driver stood at the entrance to the track.

"This has been a tough week and it won't be the same without him. I was emotional, I had tears coming down those last couple laps," added Park.

"Then, I wiped my nose and got back on the steering wheel because that's what Dale Earnhardt would want me to do."

Second-place finisher Labonte also put on an Earnhardt cap at the end.

Gordon was third followed by Tony Stewart and Ricky Craven.

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