(Ralph) Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (April 29, 1951 February 18, 2001) was a race car driver, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. Earnhardt began his career in 1975 when he drove in the 1975 as part of the Winston Cup Series (now the Monster Energy Cup Series).
Dale Earnhardt won 76 races in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in the years and his first in 1979 at Bristol and last win being at Talladega in 2000. The driver had won seven championships (tied with Richard Petty for the most).
In 2001, Dale Earnhardt was killed on a crash on the last lap at the Daytona 500.