Arguably the most talented driver in the history of NASCAR Cup Series racing, Dale Earnhardt won his seventh series championship in 1994. He is the only driver in NASCAR's history to win the rookie of the year award (1979) and the series championship (1980) in successive seasons.
Earnhardt's hard-driving style earned him 76 series wins, $41,538,362 in career winnings and 25,706 laps led. He is the all-time race winner at Daytona International Speedway, with 29 wins in three different divisions. His emotional 1998 victory in the Daytona 500 came after years of late-race heartbreaks that kept him out of Victory Lane in the season-opening race.
Earnhardt is a five-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's Driver of the Year award (1980, '87, '90, '94, '86 -- co-winner with Tim Richmond). He is also a two time winner of the American Driver of the Year award (1987, '94). Dale Earnhardt tragically died in a last-lap wreck in the 2001 Daytona 500.
1979 Daytona 500
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Winning the Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s convincing season-opening win in Sunday's Daytona 500
broke a 55-race winless streak. The 39-year-old driver whose late father
won seven Nascar championships said he may finally be ready to claim
another title for the Earnhardt family.
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Dale's Crash part 2, including onboard camera view
Dale's last ride, including the onboard camera view, which I believe is not
shown anymore. Unfortunately, since there has been so much childish
bickering, swearing and name calling, I've disabled the ability to leave
comments, which is not something I like to do.
Nationwide Series Daytona 2009
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took Tony Stewart just five hours to go
from brooding over his battered Daytona 500 car to celebrating a victory in
the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
The two-time Cup champion held off a last-lap challenge from Kyle Busch to
win the Nationwide race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
"After this morning, it's great," said Stewart, who lost his Daytona 500
car and that of teammate Ryan Newman to wrecks during morning practice.
"This is a good way to rebound."
Stewart passed 23 cars in 11 laps to get back into contention after pitting
with 30 laps to go in the 120-lap Camping World 300, then hung onto the
lead as Busch, Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer fought for position.
It was Stewart's fourth Daytona victory. He also won the second-tier
series' season opener last year in another late-race battle with Busch.
Stewart gave up the third spot to pit during a caution on lap 91, falling
far off the pace for the restart on lap 94.
Driving a Chevrolet for longtime friend Rick Hendrick, he charged to the
front, several times passing cars while sandwiched in the middle of
2009 Camping World Truck Series Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Todd Bodine held off Kyle Busch to win the
opening NASCAR truck race of the season at Daytona International Speedway
Bodine became the first repeat winner in the event's 10-year history,
fending off a pair of last-lap moves by Busch to take the 250-mile race by
a few lengths. The victory was the fourth straight win by Bodine's No. 30
Toyota in a restrictor-plate race.
Busch, who won three truck races while running a part-time schedule last
year, tried to dip below Bodine on the final lap but couldn't find any room
to squeeze past.
Defending series champion Johnny Benson finished 26th after getting caught
in a nine-truck pileup about halfway through. Ron Hornaday, a close second
to Benson in the points race last year, was fifth.
Bodine came to Daytona hoping a good showing would help his financially
strapped team. He celebrated afterward by shouting to his team: "we're
going to California" for the series' next event on Feb. 21.
The race looked familiar to Busch, who tried — and failed — to slip
past Bodine on the final lap in the same race a year ago.
"I guess I'm just an idiot on those last-lap passes," Busch said. "I just
can't seem to time it right."
79 Daytona 500 "The Perfect Storm"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ken Squier settled into a booth near the front door
of Billy's Tap Room & Grill, the oldest restaurant in Ormond Beach. Across
the mahogany table, Dave Despain, his Speed Channel co-star for the past
week, munched on a salad as he talked about the dog whisperer who counseled
him by phone about his problematic hound.
"Did I tell you about my rare red Irish poodle?" interjected Squier, who
chose a martini as a precursor to his main course.
Squier, 72, can weave a story with the best of them. This one is centered
on the poodle he often takes to the coffee house near his home in
Waterbury, Vt., to pass off to strangers as a rare breed.
"If they seem like nice people I will admit these Irish poodles are so rare
that you usually only see them on St. Patrick's Day after several green
beers," Squier said with a straight face. "They'll go home and say, 'I saw
the [gosh-darnedest] thing in Vermont. It was an Irish poodle.
"Or they'll say, 'We met the [gosh-darnedest] fool we've ever met. He had
this big red poodle and he thought it was Irish."
Thirty years ago, Squier spun a story nobody would have believed had they
not seen or heard it. It was a tale of the 1979 Daytona 500, the race that
vaulted NASCAR's premier series onto the national map.