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Dale Earnhardt | Class of 2010

April 10, 2013, NASCAR.com

Dale Earnhardt

NASCAR Hall of Fame member

As Dale Earnhardt’s black No. 3 grew larger in some unsuspecting leader’s rearview mirror, so did the legend of The Intimidator.

(b. 4-29-51 — d. 2-18-01)

Hometown: Kannapolis, N.C.

Competed: 1975-2001

Starts: 676

Wins: 76

Poles: 22

Earnhardt’s passionate all-or-nothing driving style -- and modest everyman background -- made him a fast fan favorite. His dominance didn’t hurt, either.

Earnhardt co-holds the record for most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships (seven) with Richard Petty. And his enormous success didn’t take long to flourish.

In only his second full season, 1980, Earnhardt nabbed his first championship. After that, the crowns came in bunches. He won consecutive titles on three separate occasions (1986-87, ’90-91 and ’93-94). Earnhardt’s 76 victories rank seventh all-time.

Earnhardt won on the biggest stages. He is the all-time leader in race victories at Daytona International Speedway with 34, though the most prominent of them was a while in the making. 

In 1998, Earnhardt won his most coveted race -- the Daytona 500. The scene was a memorable one, etched in the minds of race fans everywhere, forever. As Earnhardt’s black No. 3 rolled down pit road, a Daytona 500 winner at last, every crew member from every team lined up to congratulate one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.

 

 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Year Age Races Win Top 5 Top 10 Pole Laps Led Rank AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
1975 24 1 of 30 0 0 0 0 355 0 129 33.0 22.0 1 532.5 0
1976 25 2 of 30 0 0 0 0 416 0 104 20.5 25.0 0 634.4 0
1977 26 1 of 30 0 0 0 0 25 0 118 36.0 38.0 0 37.5 0
1978 27 5 of 30 0 1 2 0 1359 0 44 21.4 11.2 5 2375.4 0
1979 28 27 of 31 1 11 17 4 8340 605 7 7.8 10.7 23 9533.2 6
1980 29 31 of 31 5 19 24 0 9615 866 1 9.0 8.2 27 11314.5 13
1981 30 31 of 31 0 9 17 0 8134 300 7 8.0 13.5 21 10237.8 7
1982 31 30 of 30 1 7 12 1 7208 1062 12 10.6 18.8 12 7877.2 6
1983 32 30 of 30 2 9 14 0 7701 1029 8 9.2 15.3 17 9073.2 8
1984 33 30 of 30 2 12 22 0 9584 384 4 10.8 9.6 28 11027.7 10
1985 34 28 of 28 4 10 16 1 8231 1237 8 9.5 14.7 19 9335.3 9
1986 35 29 of 29 5 16 23 1 9212 2126 1 6.9 7.4 25 11344.4 15
1987 36 29 of 29 11 21 24 1 9043 3357 1 7.3 5.9 27 11077.6 23
1988 37 29 of 29 3 13 19 0 9561 1756 3 10.2 8.8 28 11419.5 17
1989 38 29 of 29 5 14 19 0 9112 2735 2 8.0 10.3 27 10770.1 19
1990 39 29 of 29 9 18 23 4 9162 2435 1 5.9 8.0 28 11034.4 20
1991 40 29 of 29 4 14 21 0 9541 1209 1 11.1 8.6 27 11410.3 17
1992 41 29 of 29 1 6 15 1 8694 483 12 14.7 14.9 25 10170.3 9
1993 42 30 of 30 6 17 21 2 9787 1475 1 9.7 8.2 28 11781.2 21
1994 43 31 of 31 4 20 25 2 9546 1013 1 15.3 8.0 28 11382.7 22
1995 44 31 of 31 5 19 23 3 9625 1566 2 13.8 9.2 29 11687.9 22
1996 45 31 of 31 2 13 17 2 9530 611 4 14.6 10.6 29 11496.2 21
1997 46 32 of 32 0 7 16 0 9693 220 5 20.0 12.1 32 12476.0 21
1998 47 33 of 33 1 5 13 0 9459 273 8 26.5 16.2 30 12282.2 16
1999 48 34 of 34 3 7 21 0 9751 248 7 24.8 12.0 31 12762.7 22
2000 49 34 of 34 2 13 24 0 10005 353 2 21.1 9.4 34 13188.8 28
2001 50 1 of 36 0 0 0 0 199 17 57 7.0 12.0 0 497.5 0
27 years   676 76 281 428 22 202888 25360   14.5 12.9 581 246760.5 352