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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."
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
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.
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