The 2001 Daytona 500 will no doubt be one of the saddest days in NASCAR history. The sport changed that day after Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed on the last lap and things were never the same.

While he preferred to have his “Intimidator” persona out in the public, Dale Earnhardt Sr. could be a jokester and someone who could appreciate a good joke and good friend Dale Jarrett pulled a good one on him the morning Dale Sr. died.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. shared a story that Jarrett told him before filming NASCAR America on NBCSN. It involved Jarrett posing as a fan the morning of the 2001 Daytona 500 and getting Dale Sr. to sign a UPS hat.

This is a perfect example of the close knit friendships NASCAR drivers have for each other. While they may be competitors on the track, they really are family off the track. And this story was a bright spot on an otherwise dark day.

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