Dale Earnhardt

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Dale Earnhardt was an American NASCAR driver. He was born April 29, 1951 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He died February 18, 2001 in a racing accident during the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt grew up in a racing family. His father, Ralph, died of a heart attack while working on his race car in 1973. Dale Earnhardt's career began two year later, and by 1979 he had won the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award. For his aggressive driving style, Earnhardt quickly won the nickname "The Intimidator."

During his career, Earnhardt won the NASCAR Championship seven times, tying the record of the legendary Richard Petty. Additionally, his prize winnings totalled more than $41million.

His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is also a NASCAR driver.