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Stratosphere tower will go dark tonight to honor Dale Earnhardt

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Steve Marcus

A #1 special edition 2010 2SS Camaro, one of 10 produced by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, is displayed at the Stratosphere Wednesday, January 12, 2011. The new display is part of a $20 million renovation at the Stratosphere.

The Stratosphere will dim its lights tonight in honor of the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death.

The tower will turn off its lights at 9 p.m. and it will remain dark for 10 minutes in remembrance of the NASCAR driver who died during an event on Feb. 18, 2001.

During that time, the Stratosphere marquee will also play a tribute to Earnhardt for three minutes in honor of his No. 3 car.

In December, the hotel-casino received one of 10 limited edition Dale Earnhardt Hall of Fame Camaros. The car is on display near Ruby’s Diner at the Stratosphere.

Also on display are items that once belonged to Earnhardt, including a Winston Cup Jacket, autographed champagne bottle from Earnhardt’s Winston 500 win, Gargoyle sunglasses, racing gloves and custom racing shoes.

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  1. "The face of NASCAR used to have the sharp features of a bird of prey, possessing also this moustache-thatched smirk that told media he was not a man for idle chatter and warned other drivers not to get too comfortable when he put that big black car six inches off their rear quarterpanel." By Steve Hummer, Special to CNN. There will never be another Dale Earnhardt and, as ratings have shown, NASCAR is poorer for the loss.