Earnhardt, [Ralph] Dale Sr.

Born: Apr, 1951 AD
Died: 2001 AD, at 49 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Race Drivers

1951 - Born the 29th of April in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

1968 - He
married Latane Key.

1970 - He was divorced to Latane Key.

1971 - He married for the second time to Brenda Gee.

1974 - He was divorced to Brenda Gee.

1982 - He won at Darlington Raceway, but he failed to finish 15 races

1983 - He rebounded and won his first of 12 Twin 125 Daytona 500 qualifying races.

        - He  won at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.

1986 - He won his second career in the Winston Cup Championship.

1987 - He earned his nickname "The Intimidator".

1988 - He garnered a second nickname, "The Man in Black", owing to the black paint scheme in which the

                   no.3 car was painted.

1991 - He won his 5th Winston Cup championship.

1993 - He once again came close to a win at the Daytona 500.

1995 - He started off the season by finishing second in the Daytona 500.

        - He won 5 races including his first road course victory at Sears Point.

1996 - He dominated Speedweeks only to finish second in the Daytona 500 for a second time.

1997 - He went winless for only the 2nd time in his career.

1998 - He started Speedweeks by winning his Twin 125-mile qualifier race for the ninth straight year.

1999 - He swept both races for the year at Talladega.

2000 - He had a resurgence, which some attributed to neck surgery he underwent to correct a lingering injury.

2001 - He died on the 18 of February in a last-lap crash during the Daytona 500.

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