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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr

InformationDetail
BirthdayApril 29, 1951
Died onFebruary 18, 2001
NationalityAmerican
FamousRace Car Driver, School Dropouts, Sportspersons
SpousesBrenda Lorraine Gee, Latane Brown, Teresa Earnhardt
SiblingsRandy Earnhardt
Known asRalph Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Childrens Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Dale Earnhardt
  • Inc.
Cause of deathCar Accident
Birth PlaceKannapolis
ReligionLutheranism
Height185cm
GenderMale
FatherRalph Earnhardt
MotherMartha Coleman
Net Worth$300 million
Sun SignTaurus
Born inKannapolis
Famous asRace car driver
Died at Age49

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Who is Dale Earnhardt?

Dale Earnhardt was born to, a NASCAR Grand National champion, Ralph Earnhardt. His racing career started with a boom at the Winston Cup when he won the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’. He also won his first championship at the Winston Cup, which he went on to win for several consecutive years and became the only car racer to have achieved this feat. Interestingly, he made an appearance in films three years later with other NASCAR drivers in a racing comedy called ‘Stroker Ace’. After years of several attempts he finally won the Daytona 500 and soon appeared in his second movie titled ‘BASEketeball’. Winning several races in all of USA he also ventured in the car owning business and acquired three cars with the addition of Michael Waltrip. In one of his races, Earnhardt suffered a massive accident which injured him to a great extent. Surprising his fans and colleagues, he returned the very next week on the race track and showed his zeal and dedication to the sport. Till date he remains the most celebrated NASCAR driver. After his traumatic death due to a car accident in one of his races, his legacy still lives on. Scroll further for more interesting information on this personality.

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Childhood & Early Life

Born on April 29, 1951 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Earnhardt’s parents were Martha Coleman and Ralph Lee Earnhardt. His father also was a short-track driver in North Carolina and he was the best at his time.

He had four siblings called Danny, Randy, Cathy and Kaye.

Earnhardt was pretty sure about his dream to become a racer even though his father was against it. He dropped out of school to pursue racing.

Career

In 1975, this ambitious racer started his career with the ‘Winston Cup’ in the longest race, the ‘World 600’. He made his first appearance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina as a professional racer.

In 1978, he got his big break into racing for the ‘World 600 Cup’ in Charlotte. He had replaced another driver finishing seventh in the ‘Firecracker 400’ race which finally got him noticed for his talent.

The following year he joined the Rod Osterlund Racing for a rookie season, winning a race in Bristol and finishing 7th in the standings.

He had a new chief, Doug Richert, in his sophomore season when he went on to win several races in Atlanta, Bristol, Nashville and Charlotte.

In 1981, he finished 7th in the Richard Childress Racing for the season. For the following two years he struggled and had the worst time of his career. Finally he had win at the ‘Daytona 500’ two years later.

In 1984 he won six times in several cities and finished eight and fourth in the races at Martinsville. The following year he also won few races.

In 1986, he won his second ‘Winston Cup Championship’ following it up with winning five races and finishing in top 5 and top 10. He had now set the ‘NASCAR’ record for the modern era.

In 1988, he raced with a new sponsor called ‘GM Goodwrench’ and this season he earned a new nickname ‘The Man in Black’. This year he won 3 times and the following year he won five times.

In 1990, he won at the ‘Busch Clash’ and ‘Gatorade Twin 125s’. This season of ‘Daytona 500’, he won nine races and another ‘Winston Cup’.

He won his next ‘Winston Cup’ in 1991 scoring 195 points with just four wins.

He just won once at the ‘Coca-Cola 600’ at Charlotte and was at a career low with 12th in the points in 1992. The same year he hired Andy Petree as the new crew chief and now was close to winning the ‘Daytona 500’ once again. He scored six wins and won another ‘Winston Cup’.

In 1994, he won another ‘Winston Cup’ and won the title with 400 more points. This was also his last NASCAR championship.

In 1995, he won five races at the ‘Daytona 500’ finishing up at the fifth place this season.

In 1996, he was dominating the Speedweeks but eventually finished second in the ‘Dayton 500’. He followed these up by winning in Rockingham and Atlanta. This season he suffered a major accident at the ‘DieHard 500’ race in Talladega.

Refusing to lose hope due to his accident he was seen the following week itself in Indianapolis. Although he was leading, he finally lost as he grew tired due to his physical injuries.

In 1997, he did not win any race. However, the following year he finally won the ‘Daytona 500’.

In 2000, he scored two wins at Atlanta and came second at races in Richmond and Martinsville.

Awards & Achievements

In the year 1979 Earnhardt won his first award, the ‘Winston Cup Series’ ‘Rookie of the Year’.

He was the ‘Champion of the Winston Cup Series in the year 1980 and won the title for the second time seven years later.

During the years 1986-1993 he won the Coca-Cola 600 title three times.

From 1990 to 1994, he bagged the Championship at the Winston Cup Series consecutively.

He was the IROC champion four times from the year 1990- 2000.

In 2001 he won the title of ‘Winston Cup Series Most Popular Driver’. The following year he was inducted in the ‘Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’.

He became the inductee of ‘International Motorsports Hall of Fame’ in 2006 and the ‘NASCAR Hall of Fame’ in 2010.

Personal Life & Legacy

Earnhardt was just seventeen when he married his first wife Latane Brown in the year 1968. The couple had a son named Kerry Earnhardt. However, the couple divorced in the four years later.

The very next year after his divorce, in 1971, he married his second wife Brenda Gee. The couple had two children named Kelley King and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

He divorced Brenda and married his third and last wife Teresa Houston in 1982. He had another daughter with her named Taylor Nicole.

Earnhardt died at the age of 49 in an accident during the ‘Daytona 500’. After the accident an autopsy confirmed that he had died due to the trauma to his head

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Dale Earnhardt awards

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Best Driver ESPY Award - 2004
NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award - 2011-2010-2009

Dale Earnhardt biography timelines

  • // 29th Apr 1951
    Born on April 29, 1951 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Earnhardt’s parents were Martha Coleman and Ralph Lee Earnhardt. His father also was a short-track driver in North Carolina and he was the best at his time.
  • // 1968
    Earnhardt was just seventeen when he married his first wife Latane Brown in the year 1968. The couple had a son named Kerry Earnhardt. However, the couple divorced in the four years later.
  • // 1971
    The very next year after his divorce, in 1971, he married his second wife Brenda Gee. The couple had two children named Kelley King and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, this ambitious racer started his career with the ‘Winston Cup’ in the longest race, the ‘World 600’. He made his first appearance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina as a professional racer.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, he got his big break into racing for the ‘World 600 Cup’ in Charlotte. He had replaced another driver finishing seventh in the ‘Firecracker 400’ race which finally got him noticed for his talent.
  • // 1979
    In the year 1979 Earnhardt won his first award, the ‘Winston Cup Series’ ‘Rookie of the Year’.
  • // 1980
    He was the ‘Champion of the Winston Cup Series in the year 1980 and won the title for the second time seven years later.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, he finished 7th in the Richard Childress Racing for the season. For the following two years he struggled and had the worst time of his career. Finally he had win at the ‘Daytona 500’ two years later.
  • // 1982
    He divorced Brenda and married his third and last wife Teresa Houston in 1982. He had another daughter with her named Taylor Nicole.
  • // 1984
    In 1984 he won six times in several cities and finished eight and fourth in the races at Martinsville. The following year he also won few races.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, he won his second ‘Winston Cup Championship’ following it up with winning five races and finishing in top 5 and top 10. He had now set the ‘NASCAR’ record for the modern era.
  • // 1986 To 1993
    During the years 1986-1993 he won the Coca-Cola 600 title three times.
  • // 1988
    In 1988, he raced with a new sponsor called ‘GM Goodwrench’ and this season he earned a new nickname ‘The Man in Black’. This year he won 3 times and the following year he won five times.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he won at the ‘Busch Clash’ and ‘Gatorade Twin 125s’. This season of ‘Daytona 500’, he won nine races and another ‘Winston Cup’.
  • // 1990 To 1994
    From 1990 to 1994, he bagged the Championship at the Winston Cup Series consecutively.
  • // 1990 To 2000
    He was the IROC champion four times from the year 1990- 2000.
  • // 1991
    He won his next ‘Winston Cup’ in 1991 scoring 195 points with just four wins.
  • // 1992
    He just won once at the ‘Coca-Cola 600’ at Charlotte and was at a career low with 12th in the points in 1992. The same year he hired Andy Petree as the new crew chief and now was close to winning the ‘Daytona 500’ once again. He scored six wins and won another ‘Winston Cup’.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he won another ‘Winston Cup’ and won the title with 400 more points. This was also his last NASCAR championship.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, he won five races at the ‘Daytona 500’ finishing up at the fifth place this season.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he was dominating the Speedweeks but eventually finished second in the ‘Dayton 500’. He followed these up by winning in Rockingham and Atlanta. This season he suffered a major accident at the ‘DieHard 500’ race in Talladega.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he did not win any race. However, the following year he finally won the ‘Daytona 500’.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he scored two wins at Atlanta and came second at races in Richmond and Martinsville.
  • // 2001
    In 2001 he won the title of ‘Winston Cup Series Most Popular Driver’. The following year he was inducted in the ‘Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’.
  • // 2006 To 2010
    He became the inductee of ‘International Motorsports Hall of Fame’ in 2006 and the ‘NASCAR Hall of Fame’ in 2010.

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  • What is Dale Earnhardt birthday?

    Dale Earnhardt was born at 1951-04-29

  • When was Dale Earnhardt died?

    Dale Earnhardt was died at 2001-02-18

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    Dale Earnhardt was died in Daytona Beach

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    Dale Earnhardt was died at age 49

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    Dale Earnhardt was born in Kannapolis

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    Dale Earnhardt's nationalities is American

  • Who is Dale Earnhardt spouses?

    Dale Earnhardt's spouses is Brenda Lorraine Gee, Latane Brown, Teresa Earnhardt

  • Who is Dale Earnhardt siblings?

    Dale Earnhardt's siblings is Randy Earnhardt

  • Who is Dale Earnhardt childrens?

    Dale Earnhardt's childrens is Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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    Dale Earnhardt was the founder/co-founder of Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

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    Dale Earnhardt dead because of Car Accident

  • What is Dale Earnhardt's religion?

    Dale Earnhardt's religion is Lutheranism

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    Dale Earnhardt's height is 185

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    Dale Earnhardt's father is Ralph Earnhardt

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    Dale Earnhardt's mother is Martha Coleman

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