The INCREDIBLE Legacy of Dale Earnhardt Sr

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Few people are as singularly identified with a sport in quite the same way that Dale Earnhardt Sr. is with NASCAR. Born Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr., he had a long and storied career that was truly incredible both on and off the track. Though he unfortunately passed away in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001, it is undeniable that he left behind a legacy that will be tough to top for the people who come after him.

The Intimidator – Thanks to his aggressive style of driving, Dale Earnhardt Sr. quickly earned the nickname of the “Intimidator.” That aggressive driving style, along with his general attitude and knowledge, are all parts of why he is still considered to be one of the best driver’s in the history of the sport to this day.

He won a total of 76 races throughout the course of his career, including the Daytona 500 in 1998. He also won a total of seven NASCAR Winston Cup Championships over his lifetime.

For the vast majority of his career, Dale Earnhardt Sr. drove the “Number 3” car. He had a large number of different sponsors during his career, but the most notable also happened to be his last – GM Goodwrench. He also quickly became identified with the last color scheme on his car, which was a largely black car with silver and red trim.

Highly Decorated On The Race Track

Dale Earnhardt Sr. also received a large number of different awards throughout his long and storied career, starting in 1994 with his receipt of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Jim Hunt, the then governor of North Carolina. Other notable awards that he received include being inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, as well as being inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006.

In addition to having a notable career on the race track, he also had just as notable of a life off it. He founded Dale Earnhardt, Inc., which also led to the formation of the Dale Earnhardt Foundation. Since 2004 alone, the Dale Earnhardt Foundation has given scholarships to various kids all over the country in excess of $140,000. The Dale Earnhardt Foundation is also responsible for many other notable charitable events and contributions, like the donation of $50,000 for tree plantings in schools across the country.

Dale Earnhardt Foundation was also very close to Richard Childress, who was the owner of the “Number 3” car. The car was retired by Childress after Earnhardt’s unfortunate death in 2001, at which point Childress said that it would never be used again. The car has since been used again, including by Childress’ own grandson. The International Race of Champions, however, has officially retired the number.

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