1998 Kenny Irwin

Only ROY car to have album before subsection was created. Model #1 in Rookie of the Year Collection.
COMPLETE!!
A tragic story, Kenny Irwin's is.
When I first heard of him in the truck series, I was Not a fan, but not a detractor either. He was just another one of the guys who I pretty much all hold in high regard.
But then, in 1997, when it was announced he was replacing Ernie Irvan in the 28, I was mad. I wrongly and unfairly held it against Kenny. I did not want him to do well in 1998. By 1999 I was pretty much in the middle again. Not someone I rooted for to win the race each week, but not someone I rooted against anymore either.
But then, in 1999, I heard the story of how he came to replace Ernie Irvan. I learned Ernie was not fired because of him, which is what I thought at the time. Ernie was fired, and when Kenny Heard that he called Robert Yates every chance he got trying to get the ride, which he did. All was forgiven on my part, and then I felt pretty stupid. So I decided to read more about him, and I found that, if I had given him the chance, I would have seen he was a nice person. And by time the 2000 season started, I was indeed a fan. Then, New Hampshire. I will never forget when I learned he had been killed. I was on vacation, in Lake George, NY, my favorite place. When RPM2Night came on, I knew instantly something was wrong. There was no music and John Kernan had that sad look on his face, and shortly we learned what had happened.
As a tribute to Kenny, and in my own way to say "I'm Sorry I misjudged you", this was the 3rd NASCAR I started when I became a NASCAR builder. It took me a while to complete it, and I pretty much ruined it when I tried to make working rear suspension (the warped parts didn't help) but if you don't touch it, it looks good.
Rest in piece, Kenny.

The Late Kenny Irwin's Rookie Car. This is actually a fairly poor build of it. Was possibly my second Slixx decal job, done in May or early June 2004, and finished on November 21st, 2004

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