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Dale Earnhardt

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt

Profession: Auto Racer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Winner of seven NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships.

Born: April 29, 1951
Birthplace: Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: February 18, 2001 (aged 49)
Cause of Death: Crashed during Daytona 500

Historical Events

  • 1980-11-15 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1986-02-16 28th Daytona 500: Geoff Bodine wins on fuel mileage after Dale Earnhardt forced to pit for gas with 3 laps to go, then blows engine leaving the pits
  • 1986-11-16 36th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1987-11-22 37th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1990-02-18 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins after Dale Earnhardt shreds right rear tyre on last lap
  • 1990-11-18 40th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1991-11-17 41st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1993-02-14 35th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, wins from Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine
  • 1993-11-14 43rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1994-11-13 44th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins
  • 1996-02-18 38th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins his 2nd Great American race ahead of Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader
  • 1998-02-15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt's only Daytona win in his 20th start; snaps a 59-race winless streak
  • 2001-02-18 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins tragic race; last lap crash claims life of Dale Earnhardt, prompting sport to implement new safety procedures
  • 2001-07-07 In his first appearance at Daytona since the death of father Dale Earnhardt Sr., Dale Jr. wins Pepsi 400 coming from 7th with 9 laps remaining to beat teammate Michael Waltrip

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