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Biography of Dale Earnhardt

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. was born on April 29, 1951 and died on February 18, 2001. He was famously known as Dale Earnhardt. He was an American race car driver better known for his career driving stock cars in NASCAR's top division and was unfortunately one of the most famous drivers to die in a severe racing crash that lead to his death on the spot.

Dale Earnhardt is remembered for his success in the Winston Cup Series, now named The Sprint Cup Series. He won seventy-six races, including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998.

Dale’s seven championships are tied for most all-time with Richard Petty, another amazing driver with unmatchable skills. His aggressive driving style led to a high profile and often controversial career. It earned him the nicknames like, The M an in Black, and most renowned nick-name The Intimidator.

Early Life

Dale Earnhardt was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina to Martha Coleman and Ralph Earnhardt, who was then one of the best short-track drivers in North Carolina. Ralph won only one NASCAR Sportsman Championship in 1956.


Dale Earnhardt began his Winston Cup (now known as the sprint cup) career in 1975, making his first start at North Carolina, in the longest race on the Cup circuit, the World 600. Dale drove an Ed Negre Dodge Charger (#8) and finished 22nd in the race. Earnhardt competed in 8 more races until 1979, when he joined Rod Osterlund Racing, in a season that included a rookie class of future stars - Earnhardt, Harry Gant and Terry Labonte.


On Turn 3 on the last lap, Dale was racing three wide. On his left was marlin and Schrader to his right. In the corner, Dale's left rear fender made slight contact with Marlin's front bumper and crashed into the cemented wall. The accident look minor but it took Dale’s life away.

Richard Childress made a public pledge that the number would never again adorn the side of a black car sponsored by GM Goodwrench. NASCAR had then lost a gem and a wonderful driver who was nicknamed the Intimidator.

By FW Editor

Tags: 1951, racing, nascar

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 22 April '10

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