Earnhardt in a NASCAR publicity photo from 2000
|Born||Ralph Dale Earnhardt
April 29, 1951
Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S.
|Died||February 18, 2001
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Autoracing accident|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Achievements||1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994 Winston Cup Series Champion
1990, 1995, 1999, 2000 IROC Champion
1998 Daytona 500 winner
1995 Brickyard 400 winner
1987, 1989, 1990 Southern 500 winner
1986, 1992, 1993 Coca-Cola 600 winner
1990, 1994, 1999, 2000 Winston 500 winner
The Winston winner (1987, 1990, 1993)
Led Winston Cup Series in wins in 1987 and 1990
Led Winston Cup Series in poles in 1990
Winner of the first ever Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series race in 1982
Led Busch Series in wins in 1986
|Awards||1979 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2001 Winston Cup Series Most Popular Driver (posthumously)
Named as one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
2002 Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee
2006 International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee
2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|676 races run over 27 years|
|Best finish||1st (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994)|
|First race||1975 World 600 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||2001 Daytona 500 (Daytona)|
|First win||1979 Southeastern 500 (Bristol)|
|Last win||2000 Winston 500 (Talladega)|
It's a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.
I woke up this morning, and I still don't believe I won the Daytona 500.
That's what we're striving for, making us a contender in every race.
I started 20 years without missing a race and ESPN started broadcasting on the air waves.
If we're going to run for points we need to run in the top-five every week.
The atmosphere seems to change once the sun goes down and the race fans get to watch a good show.
When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.
If I was 30th in points and not making races and not being competitive in races, I could understand them saying I'm over-the-hill or I'm ready to quit or whatever.
As a GM Goodwrench Service Plus dealer, I understand how good service makes a difference to our customers.
But I'm good to go through my contract with Childress, and my determination is to win races and try to win that other championship.
People are going to get older and young guys are going to come in and race and get more competitive.
Richard Childress and myself have made some important innovations on our cars.
That strategy of racing for the top five and racing for the win is where everybody wants to be.
Maybe now that we have the same sponsor in Remington we can spend some time together outdoors.
You've got to be closer to the edge than ever to win. That means sometimes you go over the edge, and I don't mean driving, either.
The thing about it is, all those races we lost, we won this race together. We won it as a team.
I've had confidence in myself all along. It was just a matter of getting the pieces back in place.
To come in and win three races already this year and maybe set a record by winning four is pretty unique. But guys like Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace and these guys are not wanting that to happen.
It's just really hard to work and get better, building and planning for the future with the new Monte Carlo and keeping the race team intact and keeping them healthy.