Martha Earnhardt, matriarch of the racing family, dies at 91

KANNAPOLIS, NC (AP) – Martha Earnhardt, the matriarch of one of NASCAR’s best-known families, has passed away. She was 91 years old.

Grandchildren Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller said in a statement that she died on Saturday night.

As we mourn her loss and begin to imagine life without our beloved ‘Mamaw’, we find solace in knowing that she is at peace in eternal glory and in a happy reunion with her husband Ralph and her sons. Dale, Randy and Danny, “the statement read. .

Martha Earnhardt was married to Ralph Earnhardt from 1947 until the death of the NASCAR driver. His son, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., was a seven-time NASCAR champion and father of Dale Jr. and Kelley.

Martha and Ralph Earnhardt raised five children – daughters Kaye and Cathy and three sons – in a modest house with a car store in the back on the corner of V-8 and Sedan Avenue in the community ” Car Hill ”from Kannapolis. Danny passed away two weeks ago at the age of 66.

“On behalf of the France Family and all of NASCAR, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Martha Earnhardt,” Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy said in an official NASCAR statement.

Martha was not only the matriarch of a legendary NASCAR family, but a loved and respected figure within our industry and fan base. Her grace, compassion and welcoming attitude will be sorely missed. -children, she was “Mamaw.” To millions of NASCAR fans, she was a treasure.

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