CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Martha Earnhardt, the mother of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., has died, the family announced on social media. She was 91.

WJZY spoke with Martha in 2017 before her grandson, Dale Jr., retired.

“It just won’t seem right without an Earnhardt on the race track,” she said. “My husband started it and that’s how long we’ve been racing,” Martha said.

Martha was married to Ralph for 25 years until his death in 1973 at the age of 45.