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Dale's Bio

  

He was a man of simple means and beginnings. That was the essence of who Dale Earnhardt was.  No money he won in any race would change the  the man Dale was.


Quote: "Second Place is just the first loser."



Dale's Personal Info

Born April 29, 1951
Hometown of Kannapolis, NC
Height of 6' 1"
Weight of  200lbs
Son of Ralph Dale & Martha Earnhardt
Brother to Randy, Danny, Kaye & Kathy
Husband of Teresa Earnhardt as of  November 14, 1982
Father of Kerry Dale Earnhardt-born on December 8, 1969, Kelly King Earnhardt-born on August 28, 1972, Ralph Dale, Jr.-born on October 10, 1974, and Taylor Nichole Earnhardt-born on December 28, 1988
Hobbies of fishing, hunting, and boating



                                

              





Early Career Beginnings

The early years of Dale were just the beginnings of a stellar career.

In 1975, he ran his 1st NASCAR race finishing 22nd while driving Ed Negre's Dodge in the World 600 at
Charlotte.
In 1979, Rod Osterlund offered Dale his first full-time Winston Cup ride for the 1979 season. He considered the offer the biggest break of his career and later that year Dale won his 1st NASCAR Winston Cup race during his 16th run at the Southeastern 500 in Bristol Tennessee. At the end of the year he was named NASCAR Rookie of The Year.
In 1980, he won his first NASCAR Winston Cup Championship beating Cale Yarborough and becoming the first driver to win Rookie of The Year and the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship in successive seasons.
In 1980, he won his 1st Bush Clash.
In 1986, he won his 2nd Winston Cup Championship.
In 1987, he won his 3rd Winston Cup Championship.
In 1987, he won his 1st Winston Select.
In 1988, he won his 3rd Bush Clash.
In 1990, he won his 4th Winston Cup Championship.
In 1990, he won his 2nd Winston Select.
In 1990, he won his 1st IROC Championship.
In 1991, he won his 5th Winston Cup Championship.
In 1991, he won his 4th Bush Clash.
In 1993, he won his 6th Winston Cup Championship.
In 1993, he was the 1st three-time winner of the Winston Select.
In 1993, he won his 5th Bush Clash.
In 1994, he joining Richard Petty as the only seven-time winners of the Winston Cup Championship.
In 1995, he won his 2nd IROC Championship.
In 1995, he won his 6th Bush Clash.
In 1998, Dale finally won his first Daytona 500 after his 20th try. NASCAR honored him and his father Ralph as two of the 50 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR history.
In 1999, he won his 3rd IROC Championship.
In 2000, he won his  4th IROC Championship.

                                     

Career Stats

Year
Races
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Bud Poles
Winnings
Point Standings
2001
1
0
0
0
0
$194,111
--
2000
34
2
13
24
0
$4,918,886
2nd
1999
34
3
7
21
0
$3,048,236
7th
1998
33
1
5
13
0
$2,990,749
8th
1997
32
0
7
16
0
$2,151,909
5th
1996
31
2
13
17
2
$2,285,926
4th
1995
31
5
19
23
3
$3,154,241
2nd
1994
31
4
20
25
2
$3,300,733
1st
1993
30
6
17
21
2
$3,353,789
1st
1992
29
1
6
15
1
$915,463
12th
1991
29
4
14
21
0
$2,396,685
1st
1990
29
9
18
23
4
$3,083,056
1st
1989
29
5
14
19
0
$1,435,730
2nd
1988
29
3
13
19
0
$1,214,089
3rd
1987
29
11
21
24
1
$2,099,243
1st
1986
29
5
16
23
1
$1,783,880
1st
1985
28
4
10
16
1
$546,596
8th
1984
30
2
12
22
0
$616,788
4th
1983
30
2
9
14
1
$446,272
8th
1982
30
1
7
12
1
$375,325
12th
1981
31
0
9
17
0
$347,113
7th
1980
31
5
19
24
0
$588,926
1st
1979
27
1
11
17
4
$264,086
7th
1978
5
0
1
2
0
$20,145
43rd
1977
1
0
0
0
0
$1,375
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1976
2
0
0
0
0
$3,085
--
1975
1
0
0
0
0
$1,925
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