Dale Earnhardt

Racing Driver

Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was an American race car driver and team owner, 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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1951 Birth Earnhardt had German ancestry. He was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on April 29, 1951 as the third child to Ralph Earnhardt and Martha Coleman.
1956 5 Years Old Earnhardt's father was then one of the best short-track drivers in North Carolina and won his first and only NASCAR Sportsman Championship in 1956 at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina. … Read More


1968 17 Years Old In 1968, at the age of 17, Earnhardt married his first wife Latane Brown. With her, Earnhardt fathered his first son Kerry a year later. Dale and Latane divorced in 1970.


1971 20 Years Old In 1971, Earnhardt married his second wife Brenda Gee, the daughter of NASCAR car builder Robert Gee.
1972 21 Years Old In his marriage with Gee, Earnhardt had two more children: a daughter Kelley King Earnhardt in 1972 and a son Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1974. … 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


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.
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 - 1986 2 More Events
1987 36 Years Old In the 1987 season, Earnhardt earned the nickname "The Intimidator" after spinning out Elliott in the final segment of "The Winston", a non-points event now known as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. … Read More
She gave birth to their daughter Taylor Nicole Earnhardt in 1988. … Read More
1989 38 Years Old The following year, Earnhardt won five races, but a late spin out at North Wilkesboro arguably cost him the 1989 championship, as Rusty Wallace edged him out for it.
1990 39 Years Old The 1990 season started for Earnhardt with victories in the Busch Clash and his heat of the Gatorade Twin 125's. … Read More


1991 - 1992 2 More Events
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Hiring Petree turned out to be beneficial, as Earnhardt returned to the front in 1993. … Read More
1994 43 Years Old 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
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Earnhardt started off the 1995 season by finishing second in the Daytona 500 to Sterling Marlin.
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1996 for Earnhardt started just like it had done in 1993—he dominated Speedweeks, only to finish second in the Daytona 500 to Dale Jarrett for the second time. … Read More


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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