In 1993, NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt won his sixth Winston Cup. During the awards banquet for the ’93 season, Earnhardt’s friends Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn) honored the champion with an original song, “Sunday Money.”
“Sunday Money” documented Earnhardt’s life and racing career, explaining that every step of his life led to chasing the winning prize at the end of the weekend. The music video illustrated his career, showing his No. 3 car whipping around the track and celebrating numerous victories.
While the Brooks & Dunn song and video were released, there seems to be only one version that contains a very rare final verse. The extra lyrics and footage are about Earnhardt’s extracurricular activities, and the fact that, during the week, nobody could ever expect to see him out on the town. Instead, the racecar driver would spend quiet days hunting in a field or fishing on a lake, enjoying the great outdoors while mentally preparing to capture the checkered flag on Sunday.
Dale Earnhardt passed away on Feb. 18, 2001, at the Daytona 500 where he was involved in a three-car collision and hit the outside wall head-on. While the No. 3 was never officially retired from NASCAR, it has never been used in the sport again.
Watch the Brooks & Dunn “Sunday Money” video (with the rare extra verse) below.