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Dale Earnhardt

Earnhardt in a NASCAR publicity photo from 2000
Born Ralph Dale Earnhardt
(1951-04-29)April 29, 1951
Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S.
Died February 18, 2001(2001-02-18) (aged 49)
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.[1]
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
2001 position 57th
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)
Wins Top tens Poles
76 428 22

You win some, lose some, and wreck some.
It's a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.
Dale Earnhardt
I woke up this morning, and I still don't believe I won the Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt
That's what we're striving for, making us a contender in every race.
Dale Earnhardt
I started 20 years without missing a race and ESPN started broadcasting on the air waves.
Dale Earnhardt
I want to be up front racing.
If we're going to run for points we need to run in the top-five every week.
Dale Earnhardt
The atmosphere seems to change once the sun goes down and the race fans get to watch a good show.
Dale Earnhardt
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.
Dale Earnhardt
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.
Dale Earnhardt
As a GM Goodwrench Service Plus dealer, I understand how good service makes a difference to our customers.
Dale Earnhardt
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.
Dale Earnhardt
Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.
I don't want to argue with my wife about her car - or my driving.
People are going to get older and young guys are going to come in and race and get more competitive.
Dale Earnhardt
Richard Childress and myself have made some important innovations on our cars.
Dale Earnhardt
That strategy of racing for the top five and racing for the win is where everybody wants to be.
Dale Earnhardt
You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.
Maybe now that we have the same sponsor in Remington we can spend some time together outdoors.
Dale Earnhardt
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.
Dale Earnhardt
With 20 top-10 finishes, I feel we're on the right path.
Two of my favorite things are my steering wheel and my Remington rifle.
Second place is just the first place loser.
I enjoy Saturday night racing.
The thing about it is, all those races we lost, we won this race together. We won it as a team.
Dale Earnhardt
I've had confidence in myself all along. It was just a matter of getting the pieces back in place.
Dale Earnhardt
Growing up, I've enjoyed hunting with my father.
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.
Dale Earnhardt
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.
Dale Earnhardt
I've got to win every race.