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Dale Earnhardt Plaza bricks for sale in Kannapolis

- jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com
Friday, Apr. 02, 2010

Kannapolis is offering new brick packages for the N.C. city's Dale Earnhardt tribute site on Main Street.

Fans can purchase one brick for $33 or three bricks for $88.

Proceeds will help complete the site as originally designed, said Gary Mills, Kannapolis Parks & Recreation director.

On Main Street between A and B streets, the one-acre Dale Earnhardt Plaza features a statue by Arizona sculptor Clyde Ross Morgan honoring the hometown hero and racing legend.

The granite base of the statue pedestal is divided into seven sections to represent Earnhardt's seven championships.

Earnhardt's 76 Cup wins are commemorated by the seat wall around the statue square in the center of the plaza, which is designed for 76 granite sections.

Those sections aren't in place, but are on the fundraising list, city officials said.

The walk around the plaza is an oval, representing a race track.

To represent Earnhardt's car number, azaleas and daylilies around the center seat wall are planted in sets of three, and benches along the oval walk are also grouped in sets of three.

Eight lights shine on the statue, representing the car numbers of Dale's father, Ralph Earnhardt, and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The statue of Earnhardt faces "Idiot's Circle," around which teenagers in Dale's day drove on weekends to socialize. Dale is rumored to have learned to drive and turn left there.

Each brick can have up to three lines etched, with 16 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation marks.

Inscriptions can communicate non-commercial messages only.

Company names can be used, but phone numbers, e-mail and Web addresses, slogans, sales pitches and logos won't be allowed. Where each brick will be placed isn't guaranteed, officials said.

Order forms are available at www.cityofkannapolis.com. Click on the forms and documents section of the Parks & Recreation page.

For more details, call the Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Department at 704-920-4343.