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Dale Earnhardt

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was an American race car driver, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. Born to race car driver Ralph Lee Earnhardt, Earnhardt began his career in 1975 when he drove in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Winston Cup Series. Considered one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time, Earnhardt won a total of 76 races over the course of his career, including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1951 Birth Earnhardt was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on April 29, 1951 to Martha Coleman and Ralph Lee Earnhardt. … Read More
1956 5 Years Old Ralph won his one and only NASCAR Sportsman Championship in 1956 at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina. … Read More

TEENAGE

1968 17 Years Old At the age of 17, Earnhardt married his first wife Latane Brown in 1968.
1969 18 Years Old With Brown, Earnhardt had his first son, Kerry Earnhardt, in 1969. They couple were subsequently divorced in 1970.

TWENTIES

1971 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 22 Years Old Ralph was a hard teacher for Earnhardt, and after Ralph died of a heart attack at his home in 1973, it took many years before Earnhardt felt as though he had finally "proven" himself to his father. … Read More
1975 24 Years Old Earnhardt began his professional career in the Winston Cup in 1975, making his debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the longest race on the Cup circuit — the 1975 World 600. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old Earnhardt competed in eight more races until 1979. … Read More

THIRTIES

1981 30 Years Old In 1981, after Osterlund sold his team to J. D. Stacy, Earnhardt left for Richard Childress Racing, and finished the season seventh in the points standings but winless.
Earnhardt then married his third and last wife, Teresa Houston (Tommy Houston's niece) in 1982, who gave birth to their daughter Taylor Nicole Earnhardt in 1988; Taylor and her husband, Brandon Putnam, are professional rodeo performers.
1983 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, Earnhardt rebounded and won his first of 12 Twin 125 Daytona 500 qualifying races. … Read More
1984 - 1987 3 More Events
1988 37 Years Old 1 More Event
The 1988 season saw Earnhardt racing with a new sponsor, GM Goodwrench, replacing Wrangler Jeans. … Read More

FORTIES

1991 - 1993 3 More Events
1994 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Earnhardt achieved a feat that he himself had believed to be impossible – he scored his seventh Winston Cup championship, tying Richard Petty. … Read More
1995 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Earnhardt started off the 1995 season by finishing second in the Daytona 500 to Sterling Marlin.
1996 45 Years Old 1 More Event
1996 for Earnhardt started just like it had did in 1993 — he dominated Speedweeks, only to finish second in the Daytona 500 to Dale Jarrett for the second time. … Read More
1997 46 Years Old In 1997, Earnhardt went winless for only the second time in his career. … Read More
1998 47 Years Old 1998 saw Earnhardt finally win the Daytona 500 after being shut out in his previous 19 attempts. … Read More
1999 48 Years Old Before the 1999 season, fans began discussing Earnhardt's age and speculating that with his son, Dale Jr., making his Winston Cup debut, Earnhardt might be contemplating retirement. … Read More
2000 49 Years Old In the 2000 season, Earnhardt had a resurgence, which was commonly attributed to neck surgery he underwent to correct a lingering injury from his 1996 Talladega crash. … Read More

FIFTIES

During the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2001, Earnhardt was involved in a three-car accident on the final lap of the race, in which he collided with Ken Schrader after making small contact with Sterling Marlin and hit the outside wall head on. … Read More
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