Friday, April 18, 2014

FOI Request

Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (FBI)

Requested by jasonsmathers on Feb. 15, 2011 for the Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI of United States of America and fufilled on Feb. 23, 2011

Status: Completed

From FBI-Records Management Division on Feb. 15, 2011:

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Disclosure Unit for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOI/PA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at or If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Service Request Unit (SRU)
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Office: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4995 or 4997

From Jason Smathers on Feb. 15, 2011:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records on, about, mentioning, or concerning Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001). Proof of death is not required because his 2001 death in a NASCAR accident is common knowledge.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Jason Smathers
Filed via
E-mail (Preferred):
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

From Federal Bureau of Investigations on Feb. 23, 2011:

Cover Letter
Cover Letter
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A cover letter, detailing the materials on Dale Earnhardt Sr. the FBI is releasing as well as waiving fees.
FBI files on Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
FBI files on Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
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The FBI's files on Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr., primarily regarding a death threat the NASCAR racer received.
  • Cover Letter
  • FBI files on Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
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