There was never any doubt in Dale Earnhardt's mind about what he wanted to be when he grew up. As a youngster watching his father Ralph Earnhardt race -- and win -- in Stock car events throughout the Southeast, Dale developed a love for the sport that would ultimately fuel one of the most successful careers in the history of NASCAR. Dale made his Winston Cup debut in 1975, finishing 22nd while driving Ed Negre's 1975 RPM Dodge in the World 600 at Charlotte. Over the next three years, he made a total of eight more starts.
Rod Osterlund decided to take a chance on Dale Earnhardt in 1979. giving him his first full-time Winston Cup ride for the 1979 season. Earnhardt considers the offer the biggest break of his career. In his first full season of competition, Dale scored his initial Winston Cup win at Bristol in just his 16th career start. Eight races later, he notched his first career pole at Riverside. By the end of the season, he had driven to 11 Top 5 finishes and beat Harry Gant, Terry Labonte and Joe Millikan for the rookie title in one of the most competitive rookie battles ever.
In 1980, with the determination to prove he belonged at racing's highest level, Earnhardt beat tough veteran Cale Yarborough for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series title to become the only driver ever to win the rookie crown and the series' championship in consecutive seasons.
Midway through the 1981 season, Osterlund sold his team, and Earnhardt, disenchanted with the performance of the new team, left after only four races, deciding to finish the season driving for Richard Childress. By the end of the year, Childress realized that his cars were not performing at a level that justified a talent like Earnhardt's, so he urged Dale to accept an opportunity to drive for the well-established team of Bud Moore and big-dollar sponsor, Wrangler. Earnhardt accepted the ride in the 1981 Wrangler #15 Fords, in which he competed for two seasons, winning three races and finishing 12th, then 8th in the points. He raced there for 2 more seasons then rejoined Richard Childress Racing to begin his march to 7 Winston Cup championships. In February 1998 after 20 attempts, Dale Earnhardt captured the only major victory that had eluded him throughout his career, the Daytona 500. The win was the 71st of his career and came in his 575th Winston Cup start, placing him sixth on the all-time wins list.
The death of Dale Earnhardt on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 moved America like no other athlete's death ever had. Earnhardt was an original, a one-of-a-kind guy who captured the hearts of American stock car racing fans and the general public as well. With unparalleled determination, he willed his race cars to victory. He was loved not so much for the number of checkered flags and championships he won but for the spectacular style with which he won them.
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