Dale Earnhardt

American racing driver Dale Earnhardt

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.
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What Are the Biggest Health Risks for NASCAR Drivers, Aside From Car Crashes?
Huffington Post Sports - almost 3 years
Aside from car crash injuries, what are the biggest health risks for race car drivers?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Answer by Lisa Borodkin, Covered NASCAR for LAist. I can only speak for NASCAR, but car crashes are not in fact a big health risk for NASCAR drivers. Due to all the increased safety measures since the fatal crash that killed Dale Earnhardt in 2001, there has not been a driver fatality in a NASCAR race since 2001. Crashes are one of the least hazardous aspects of the sport. NASCAR radically revamped its safety measures, introducing the kill switch, restrictor plate, SAFER barrier, HANS system and Car of Tomorrow. Driving the Car of Tomorrow in a race is many times exponentially safer than driving the average consumer automobile on any given public road. In the wrecks you see w...
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Jimmie Johnson captures sixth Sprint Cup title
Yahoo News - over 4 years
(Reuters) - Jimmie Johnson added another title to his dominant NASCAR career by clinching the Sprint Cup Series championship with a ninth-place finish at the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday. For Johnson, who only needed to finish 23rd or better at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win the Cup, it marked his sixth championship in eight years as he finished 19 points ahead of Matt Kenseth in the final standings. "I'm so happy to win this sixth championship," Johnson told reporters after winning his first series title since 2010. I'm at a loss for words." The victory puts Johnson in rare company as he joins Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers to win at least six NASCAR series championships.
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The latest from Talladega
Fox News - over 4 years
Dale Earnhardt Sr, earned his final NASCAR Sprint Cup...
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Bobby Dale Earnhardt Arrested - Race Car Driver Busted for DUI [Update] (TMZ.com)
Wesmirch.com - over 4 years
TMZ.com: Bobby Dale Earnhardt Arrested — Race Car Driver Busted for DUI [Update]  —  BUSTED FOR DUI [Update]  —  EXCLUSIVE DETAILS  —  8:07 AM PT — Cops tell TMZ ... “Mr. Earnhardt was pulled over for making a very wide left turn.  After talking with him, our officer noticed his eyes were glassy …
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Brad Keselowski: 'You Have To Put Another Person At Risk To Be Successful'
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
In nearly a decade of competing as a NASCAR driver, Brad Keselowski has developed a reputation as an outspoken, sometimes provocative presence (he recently said he would support an openly gay driver). The defending Sprint Cup champion is a self-professed lover of Army tanks, once live-tweeted during a Daytona 500 stoppage and infamously drank beer during a TV interview. And while his behavior may seem like that of someone with poor impulse control, Keselowski suggested that his off-kilter image is by design: He wants his audience to see him drinking beer or starring in SportsCenter commercials. "I think other drivers thought it was crazy, and I think the fans loved it," Keselowski told The Huffington Post of his tweeting episode. "You know you're doing things right when people think you're crazy." The nine-time winner, who drives for Penske Racing, also seems to have been quick to speak out (perhaps too quick) recently when he was highly critical of two of his team's...
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Kanaan Wins Indy 500, Finally
Huffington Post Sports - almost 5 years
INDIANAPOLIS — Tony Kanaan had one more lap, one anticlimactic last lap under the yellow caution flag, to end 12 years of frustration in the Indianapolis 500. He flipped up his visor to wipe away tears as the crowd roared its approval, and then in Victory Lane gave his bride of two months a long kiss and poured the celebratory winner's milk over his head. Kanaan is Indy's hard-luck loser no more. He is its champion at last, fittingly with a dose of good luck for a change. "I have to say, the last lap was the longest lap of my life," Kanaan said. It was one of Indy's most popular victories. The losers were pleased with the outcome, evidenced by a scene similar to rivals lining up to congratulate Dale Earnhardt when he finally won the Daytona 500 on his 20th try. Dario Franchitti, whose crash brought out the race-ending caution, stood grinning by his crumpled car, two thumbs up as Kanaan passed under yellow. "When I saw who was leading, it cheered me up...
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CUP: Earnhardt – That Golden October
Fox News - almost 5 years
Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s last win was scored at Talladega 13 years ago…
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The 2012 Holiday Book List
Brookline Patch - over 5 years
When you give a child or a teen a book, you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. What’s more, reading offers so many options. Are you trying to find a book for an early reader? Choose a picture book or a Great Beginner Read from the list below. Does your grandchild love nonfiction? Take a look at the Great Family Reads section. Has your niece read every book known to man? There are some brand new books on this list that she may not have seen yet. Do you struggle to find just the right book to entice your child to read? These selections are sure kid-pleasers that will meet any interest. The ReadKiddoRead holiday gift list has something for everyone: realistic fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction; animal stories, mythology and adventures; sad stories and stories that will make your kids laugh out loud.   So browse our list. We promise that each book is one that children and teens will want to read and then share with their friends. And then read again. These are ke...
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CUP: RCR Ends Wild Period On High Note
Fox News - over 5 years
Few auto racing teams have had the bizarre sort of rollercoaster ride Richard Childress Racing has experienced in the first half of November.A scorecard:• The Childress engine operation loses a big customer, Chip Ganassi, who decides to ride with Hendrick Motorsports power next season.• Truck driver Joey Coulter decides to move from RCR to Kyle Busch Motorsports next season.• Kevin Harvick, who has been the foundation of RCR’s Sprint Cup operation since the 2001 death of star Dale Earnhardt Sr., agrees to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, leaving him in a season-long lame-duck situation with RCR next year.• RCR Nationwide Series driver Elliott Sadler crashes late in Saturday’s Phoenix race and gives himself only a slight shot at winning the series title this weekend at Phoenix.
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McIlroy takes over Intimidator tag
Calgary Sun - over 5 years
With all due respect to late NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt, there's a new kid in town.
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Atlanta-based NAPA, Martin Truex Jr. Sign Multiyear Extension With Michael Waltrip Racing
SB Nation- Atlanta - over 5 years
In the midst of a career year and heading for his second appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Martin Truex Jr. has inked a three-year extension to remain the driver of Michael Waltrip's No. 56 Toyota Camry. The 32-year-old native of Mayetta, NJ, is currently ranked fifth in the standings with 13 top-10 finishes. Truex has not finished worse than 11th in his past six races, and his second win seems imminent. In addition to re-signing Truex, Waltrip's team will have Atlanta-based NAPA Auto Parts on the car for all 36 points-paying races, plus the two exhibition races at Daytona and Charlotte. NAPA, which partnered with Waltrip in 2001 when he joined the late Dale Earnhardt's organization, joins Miller Lite (Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Dodge) and Lowe's Home Improvement (Jimmie Johnson) as the lone full-season sponsors. The No. 56 Toyota Truex will drive beginning next year was also unveiled. Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News tweeted this photo of the front of the car, wh...
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Silence, From de Chirico to Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Wall Street Journal - over 5 years
"Silence," a new exhibition at the Menil Collection in Houston on view through Oct. 21, looks at how many things the lack of sound has come to stand for.
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H2H: When will Earnhardt return to Victory Lane?
Yahoo News - over 5 years
It took four years and two days to end Dale Earnhardt Jr's 143-race winless streak, but it took fewer than 24 hours for the insatiable among us to start wondering when the next victory will arrive.
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Earnhardt Jr. ends his 143-race winless streak
Chicago Times - over 5 years
The son of the late Dale Earnhardt savored this win in uncanny fashion on Sunday.
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Earnhardt Jr. in Michigan, site of most recent win
Yahoo News - over 5 years
NASCAR Series driver Dale Earnhart Jr., center, talks with crew members after a practice session at Michigan International Speedway, Friday, June 15, 2012. Four years after his last win, Earnhardt is back at the site of that victory. (AP Photo/David Frechette)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dale Earnhardt
    THIRTIES
  • 2001
    During the third lap of the 2011 Daytona 500 (a decade since Earnhardt's death), the commentators on FOX fell silent while fans raised three fingers in a similar fashion to the tributes throughout 2001.
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    Earnhardt drove the No. 3 car for the majority of his career, spanning the early-1980s until his death in 2001.
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    Earnhardt's remains were interred in Kannapolis after a private funeral service on February 21, 2001.
    Dale Earnhardt, Inc. won five races in the 2001 season, beginning Steve Park's victory in the race at Rockingham just one week after Earnhardt's death.
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    On the final lap of the 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500, he beat Jeff Gordon by .006 seconds (the margin being .004 of a second closer than Earnhardt had won over Bobby Labonte at the same race a year ago) in an identical photo finish, and the images of Earnhardt's longtime gas man Danny "Chocolate" Myers crying after the victory, Harvick's tire-smoking burnout on the frontstretch with three fingers held aloft outside the driver's window; and the Fox television call by Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip concluding with "Just like a year ago Earnhardt and Bobby Labonte, but he Harvick is gonna get him though Gordon got loose... it's Harvick!
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    Childress' second-year Busch Series driver Kevin Harvick was named as Earnhardt's replacement, beginning with the 2001 Dura Lube 400 at North Carolina Speedway.
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    An autopsy conducted on February 19, 2001 concluded that Earnhardt died instantly of blunt force trauma to his head due to the accident.
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    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.
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  • 2000
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    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.
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  • 1998
    1998 saw Earnhardt finally win the Daytona 500 in his 20th attempt after being shut out in his previous 19 attempts.
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  • 1997
    In 1997, Earnhardt went winless for only the second time in his career.
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  • 1996
    Earnhardt did not win again in 1996, but still finished fourth in the standings behind Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jarrett.
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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.
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  • 1995
    He won five races in 1995, including his first road course victory at Sears Point.
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    Earnhardt started off the 1995 season by finishing second in the Daytona 500 to Sterling Marlin.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Earnhardt achieved a feat that he himself had believed to be impossible—he scored his seventh Winston Cup championship, tying Richard Petty.
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  • 1993
    On November 14, 1993, after the Hooters 500 (Atlanta), the last race of that season, the race winner Wallace and 1993 series champion Dale Earnhardt ran a Polish Victory Lap together while carrying #28 and #7 flags commemorating Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki, both drivers died during the season, respectively.
    Hiring Petree turned out to be beneficial, as Earnhardt returned to the front in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Earnhardt's only win of the 1992 season came at Charlotte, in the Coca-Cola 600, ending a 13-race win streak by Ford teams.
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  • 1991
    The 1991 season saw Earnhardt win his fifth Winston Cup championship.
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  • 1990
    The 1990 season started for Earnhardt with victories in the Busch Clash and his heat of the Gatorade Twin 125's.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    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.
  • 1988
    He won three races in 1988, finishing third in the points standings behind Bill Elliott in first and Rusty Wallace in second.
    The 1988 season saw Earnhardt racing with a new sponsor, GM Goodwrench, replacing Wrangler Jeans.
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    She gave birth to their daughter Taylor Nicole Earnhardt in 1988.
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  • 1987
    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.
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  • 1986
    The 1986 season saw Earnhardt win his second career Winston Cup Championship and the first owner's championship for RCR.
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  • 1984
    During the 1984 and 1985 seasons, Earnhardt went to victory lane six times, at Talladega, Atlanta, Richmond, Bristol (twice), and Martinsville, where he finished fourth and eighth in the season standings respectively.
  • 1983
    After the 1983 season, Earnhardt returned to Richard Childress Racing, replacing Ricky Rudd in the No. 3.
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    In 1983, Earnhardt rebounded and won his first of 12 Twin 125 Daytona 500 qualifying races.
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  • 1982
    During the 1982 season, Earnhardt struggled.
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    The following year, at Childress's suggestion, Earnhardt joined car owner Bud Moore for the 1982 and 1983 seasons driving the No. 15 Wrangler Jeans-sponsored Ford Thunderbird (the only full-time Ford ride in his career).
    Earnhardt then married his third and last wife Teresa Houston (Tommy Houston's niece) in 1982.
  • 1981
    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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Earnhardt competed in eight more races until 1979.
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  • 1975
    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.
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  • 1972
    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.
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  • 1971
    In 1971, Earnhardt married his second wife Brenda Gee, the daughter of NASCAR car builder Robert Gee.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    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.
  • 1956
    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.
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  • 1951
    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.
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