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Dale Earnhardt, A Brief Biography Essay

1242 words - 5 pages

Tylor Kniffen
Mr. Hanson
2/27/14
per.7
Dale Earnhardt Bio
Dale Earnhardt was among one of the best nascar racecar drivers of all time. One of his amazing accomplishments was he had 76 wins throughout his career. He also has changed the way our safety in every way of racing. Many lives have been saved because of his bad crash there was more and more safety requirements leading up to today's equipment not only in NASCAR, but on every track across the nation.
Ralph Dale Earnhardt was born on April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, North Carolina to his father, Ralph Lee Earnhardt. He was the main reason he got into racing because he was always having his sons working on his cars and racing with him. When he was younger he dropped out before high school to become a full time race car driver, therefore would help his dad work on racing events held all over the South. The more Earnhardt watched his father win races, the more it fueled his drive to want to race.(http://voices.yahoo.com/biography).
In 1978 Earnhardt signed for his first sponsorship with Rod Osterlund to start the season and win his first race on the NASCAR circuit at the Southeastern 500 in Bristol. By the end of the racing season, he had become the first driver to win over $200,000 in his rookie year he was awarded with NASCAR's Rookie of the Year honors. (http://www.biography.com/people/dale/earnhardt). In the following year he would also go on to win his first points championship coming in close with veteran drive Cale Yarborough.
One of the other things that dale was known for was his nicknames. One of his many nicknames was " The Intimidator ". Because of his aggressive style of driving some drivers would think of him as a lion stalking its prey just waiting for the prey to make the wrong move. Driving this way got him almost kicked out from nascar one day so he quit this reckless driving style.
Sr had many accomplishments throughout his career with his first winston cup championship win in 1980. He also one in the winston in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994. He was the IROC champion in 1990, 1995, 1999, and 2000 (IROC stands for national race of the champions)(wikianswers.com). There was a lot of races that he won besides those few championships that he won like the Brickyard 400 and the Daytona 500. He got Rookie of the year in 1979 and NASCAR Winston Cup most popular driver in 2001. He is still one of the most well known driver in the history of NASCAR to this day because he one so many races in his time.
Dale Sr crashed on the final lap of the daytona 500 in 2001. he was pronounced dead on February 18th 2001. The main reason his death impacted our safety requirements is because he refused to use the proper equipment. If we didn't make safety changes we would be losing millions of drivers in not only nascar but racing all around the world. There’s been some pretty...

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