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 the NASCAR 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, Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap in that year's Daytona 500.
Tropes as depicted in fiction:
- The Cameo: Was on demand after finally winning the Daytona 500 in 1998. He made cameos that year in Arliss, King of the Hill, and BASEketball.
- I Have Many Names: Over the course of his career he earned an assortment of nicknames, most notably "The Man in Black" and "The Intimidator".