Dale Earnhardt

  • Born: April 29, 1951, Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • 1970: First start at 20, drove for David Oliver
  • 1972: Ran entire season at Metrolina Speedway in Charlotte, competing in the hobby division
  • 1973: father, Ralph Earnhardt died while working on his Sportsman car at the age of 44. Ralph was 1956 NASCAR Sportsman of the year
  • 1973: Won hobby division title for aspiring drivers
  • 1974: Graduated to sportsman division and began racing on asphalt tracks. Won 3 features – 1 at Metrolina and 2 at Hickory Speedway – and made 1st big track start in the World Service Life 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • 1975: Metrolina’s track sportsman champion and second in points at Hickory.
  • 1975: Winston Cup debut at Charlotte, driving a Dodge for Ed Negre in the World 600
  • 1976: Crash in Atlanta
  • 1977: Only Winston Cup start was NAPA National 500 at Charlotte
  • 1978: Placed 2nd in the World Service Life 300 for the Osterlund team. Took over as lead driver for the team when Dave Marcis quit.
  • 1979: Won Southeastern 500 at Bristol, Tenn.
  • 1979: Rookie of the Year
  • 1980: Won 1st Driving Championship
  • 1980: Won $588,926 and 5 races for the Osterlund team
  • 1985: As season begun he had averaged $14,175.74 per race in his career. (at the time only Waltrip had a higher lifetime per-race average)
  • 1986: Took lead in point standings following 2nd place finish in the Winston 500 at Talladega, Ala. and held it the remainder of the season.
  • 1986: Winston Cup championship after 5th victory of the season in the Atlanta Journal 500 and 1 race before the season finale
  • 1986: News & Record Athlete of the Year
  • 1986: In 29 races Earnhardt finished 22 times among the top 10 and 16 times in the top 5
  • 1987: American Driver of year
  • 1987: Won 11 races for third Winston Cup Championship
  • 1990: Won 9 times to take fourth Winston Cup Championship
  • 1991: Won 4 races for fifth Winston Cup championship
  • 1993: Won 6 races to earn sixth Winston Cup Championship, toped $3 million mark in earnings for 3rd time in 5 yrs.
  • 1994: American Driver of the Year
  • 1994: Won 7th Winston Cup Championship, tying Richard Petty for most career titles.
  • 1996: Became 3rd driver to start 500 consecutive Winston Cup races
  • 1997: Became 1st driver to reach $30 million in American Motor sports winnings and 1st race car driver to appear on box of Wheaties Cereal
  • 1998: Won 1st Daytona 500 in 20th career start
  • 1999: Won 10th consecutive Twin 125 qualifying race at Daytona
  • 1999: Forbes reported his 1999 earnings at $26.5 million (owns and manages 2 Winston Cup racing teams, a Chevrolet dealership, a chicken and cattle farm, and an air transport company, as well as various real estate ventures. Owns seats on both the American and New York Stock exchanges, which he rents as investments)
  • 2000: Won Winston 500 on Oct 15 at Talladega Superspeedway
  • February 19, 2001: Died

34 victories at Daytona

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