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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr.

April 29th, 2012

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr.               (April 29th 1951 -February 18th 2001)

We knew him as Dale Earnhardt, The Man in Black some called him the Intimidator, Iron head or Mr Restrictor plate

Love him or hate him he was the man of NASCAR, maybe the most famous driver ever to lose his life doing what he loved,

This is not an article of sadness, this is to celebrate the notable success  of Dale Earnhardt.

During his career he drove a Dodge charger #8 and a Ford #15 sponsored by Wrangler jeans. He also drove the #3 at RCR early on that carried the Wrangler sponsor, but it was the black and silver GM Goodwrench sponsored Chevrolet  # 3 that hold his fans fondest memories.

A few notable stats:

Earnhardt won rookie of the year in 1979

Dale joined Richard Petty as the only seven times Champions,
1980-1986-1987-1990-1991-1993 and 1994.

His first Cup race race was at the World 600 at Charlotte in 1975

His first Cup win was at Bristol in 1979

His last at the Winston 500 at Talladega in 2000

He celebrated 76 wins , 428 top 10s and 22 poles,

He was IROC champion in 1990-1995-1999 and 2000

The Daytona 500 win that had eluded him until 1998 after 20 years of disappointment.

Dale kept his personal life relatively private. He enjoyed the company of his family, being outdoors, hunting, fishing and working his farm in Mooresville NC. To those who knew him, he was the total contrast to the hard nosed race driver on the track. He was charitable and generous, but kept that side hidden from the rest of us,

To me he was Mr NASCAR.

His aggressive driving, take no prisoners approach to his racing, his total commitment, his talent for wrestling a top five car to first past the checkers. That first tap to the rear bumper,”excuse me” the second tap “warning behind you” and the third  bump “out of the way, i’m coming through”

The iconic man that rarely spoke, but when he did he spoke volumes and everyone listened.

The man with the moustache with the glint in those steely eyes and that wonderful cheeky devilish grin.

The driver I and many miss every time the green flag flies.

The husband and father, who if circumstances were different, would have been celebrating his birthday today.

Remembering you today, Dale.   Happy 61th Birthday!

NASCARNUTTER

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Points after Richmond:

1

Greg Biffle

Leader

2

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

-5

3

2

Denny Hamlin

-9

4

-1

Matt Kenseth

-10

5

-3

Martin Truex Jr.

-22

6

1

Jimmie Johnson

-24

7

-1

Kevin Harvick

-25

8

Tony Stewart

-31

9

Carl Edwards

-51

10

Ryan Newman

-60

11

2

Kyle Busch

-73

12

-1

Clint Bowyer

-74

 

 

 

leftturns190

Kansas

April 22nd, 2012

Well another week that the box of “200th Win” hats sit in the hauler. Sounds to me they need to leave them home, almost seems like they’re a jinx. 3 of the 4 where in the top10 Jeff again having motor trouble and was what 3 laps down. Dale just keeps knocking at the door and won’t be long before Lady Luck opens it.

 

The 16 and 17 again had good runs but the 99 finished 9th but just seems off during the race and in qualifying. I think regardless of that he says I think last years finish affected him.

 

Truex had a great run and the way he held off the 48 I thought he had it but Hamlin had different ideas. Is it just me or has Mickey’s teams hijacked the announcers love affair from the 18?  I must admit I would much rather watch an interview with Mickey’s driver’s than you know who.

             

 

Have a Great week…………..

:webster:

 

Points after Kansas:

1

Greg Biffle

312

2

2

Martin Truex Jr.

297

3

-1

Matt Kenseth

295

4

-1

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

291

5

1

Denny Hamlin

289

6

-1

Kevin Harvick

287

7

1

Jimmie Johnson

275

8

-1

Tony Stewart

265

9

2

Carl Edwards

251

10

-1

Ryan Newman

249

11

-1

Clint Bowyer

227

12

1

Joey Logano

221

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