Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dale Earnhardt Born In Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA - April 29, 1951

April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001
Dale Earnhardt
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Born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA.
Dale was the son of Ralph Lee Earnhardt, who was then one of the best short-track drivers in North Carolina. He is the father of former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt and current NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Considered one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time, Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career, including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998. He also earned 7 NASCAR Winston Cup Championships, which is tied for the most all time with Richard Petty. His aggressive driving style earned him the nickname "The Intimidator".

On February 18, 2001, at Daytona International Speedway, while participating in the Daytona 500, Earnhardt was involved in a last-lap crash and died of a basilar skull fracture. He has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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