KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) -- The hometown of the late Dale Earnhardt
is taking down banners honoring the NASCAR superstar driver on the
request of a billionaire developer who is bringing a mysterious
visitor to Kannapolis.
The Salisbury Post reported Friday that California developer
David Murdock's real estate company and the local visitors bureau
requested the removal, partly because some flags were dirty and
The visitor, whose identity hasn't been disclosed, will arrive
Saturday. Murdock's company manages the North Carolina Research
Center, a science research park in Kannapolis.
City Manager Mike Legg wrote in a July 18 memo to the city
council that the "The Dale Trail" banners would be permanently
Earnhardt was killed in 2001 on the last lap of the Daytona