Career Chronology: Dale Earnhardt
- 1975: Made his NASCAR debut at the World 600.
- 1979: First win at the Southeastern 500, and makes Rookie of the Year.
- 1980: Driver of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association.
- 1982: Wins at the newly recognized Goody’s 300 races.
- 1984: Won at Talladega, Atlanta, and Richmond.
- 1986: Won his second Winston Cup Championship.
- 1987: Wins at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- 1989: Wins the Heinz Southern 500.
- 1990: Wins nine races and a fourth Winston Cup Championship.
- 1991: Wins fifth Winston Cup Championship.
- 1993: With six wins, he takes his sixth Winston Cup Championship.
- 1994: Wins his seventh Winston Cup Championship.
- 1998: On his 71st career win, he takes the Daytona 500 title.
- 2000: Named ‘Driver of the Decade’ at the ESPY Awards.
- 2001: Fatal crash in the final lap of the Daytona 500.
- 2010: Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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Career Highlights: Dale Earnhardt
- He 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.
- 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.
- In the 1988 season, he garnered a second nickname — the “Man in Black”, owing to the black paint scheme his No. 3 car was painted in. He was also called “Darth Vader” more than once because of his black uniform.
- Won a whopping 76 Winston Cup races and seven Winston Cup Championships throughout his illustrious career.
Biography: Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt was a popular American stock car driver best know for his long career in NASCAR, with a total of 76 Winston Cup wins, including the 1998 Daytona 500. Ralph Dale Earnhardt was born in April of 1951, and he grew quickly into his impassioned racing career that reached NASCAR in 1975 in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as part of the Winston Cup Series. Considered one of the best NASCAR drivers to hit the track, he earned seven NASCAR Winston Cup Championships, tying for the most all time alongside Richard Petty. His aggressive driving style would also earn him the nickname “The Intimidator”.
To this day, he is the first and only driver to follow a Rookie of the Year title with a NASCAR Winston Cup Championship the very next season. He was also the third driver in NASCAR history to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cup Series championship. On February 18, 2001, while driving in the Daytona 500, Earnhardt was involved in a final lap collision, and he died at the young age of 49. Soon after his passing, fans started an honorary trend by holding three fingers up at the third lap of every race, a black screen of the #3 was at the beginning of the NASCAR Thunder 2002 before the EA Sports logo, and the television coverage of NASCAR on Fox and NASCAR on NBC reverenced in silence for each third lap from Rockingham to the following year’s race, all in honor of Earnhardt. He was inducted as part of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.
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