Dale Earnhardt

 

 

 

Age: 49

 

Summary: iconic race-car driver and seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion considered as one of the most beloved drivers in auto racing history by fans and sportswriters alike who was best known for his dark sunglasses, push broom mustache and his No. 3 black Chevrolet that earned him the nickname "The Intimidator" for his aggressive racing style, who won more races at Atlanta Motor Speedway (won nine times) and Talladega Speedway (won 10 times) than any other driver after his 76 career victories placed him sixth on the all-time list (he won 48 speedway races in his third all-time) as a leading money winner with $41,639,622 when he won at least one race each season from 1982 to 1996 that recorded a top-10 finish in 428 of his 676 career starts (he also won 22 career poles), who became the third driver of the modern era to win four consecutive race since 1987 and also won his first Daytona 500 in 1998 on his 20th attempt after his first career victory on April 1, 1979 at the Bristol Motor Speedway, but who won the 1979 Rookie of the Year Award and also won the National Motorsport Press Association's Driver of the Year Award four times, and who was twice selected as the American Driver of the Year.

 

 

Cause of Death: Injuries sustained in a auto race accident

 

Born: April 29, 1951

 

Died: February 18, 2001

 

Location: Daytona Beach, Florida