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 got his first start in the Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy Cup Series).
Dale Earnhardt won 76 races in the Cup Series, including his first win at Bristol in 1979, his last win at Talladega in 2000, and the 1998 Daytona 500. He was a record tying 7-time Cup Series champion (Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson have 7 as well), winning in 1980, 1986-87, 1990-91 and 1993-94.
On February 18, 2001, Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap in that year's Daytona 500.