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.
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 Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2009) - Matt Kenseth powered his No. 17
DEWALT Ford to the front of the pack just in time to win the rain-shortened
51st annual Daytona 500-the first-ever Daytona 500 win for Roush Fenway
Kenseth, who pushed Kevin Harvick to his win in 2007, had the favor
returned as Harvick nudged him past then-leader Elliott Sadler on Lap 146.
Caution came out on the next lap for an accident on the backstretch and
continued until the 200-lap race was halted for rain on Lap 152. Shortly
thereafter, the race was called, and Kenseth was awarded the coveted Harley
J. Earl trophy. Harvick took second place, followed by A.J. Allmendinger,
Clint Bowyer and Sadler.
"It's going to be really wet out here because I'm crying like a baby," an
emotional Kenseth said. "If anybody's leading the Daytona 500 and tells you
they want it to restart, they're lying to you.
"Just to win a race after our [winless] year last year. I didn't know if I
was ever going to [win] again and then to pull off the Daytona 500-it's
just unbelievable. I'm just unbelievably thankful and humbled right now for
all the opportunities I've had."
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.
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."
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.
Dale Earnhardt Junior win at Daytona in Number 3
Dale Earnhardt Junior won at Daytona in the Number 3 car! That is NOT news
But... what the Announcer says at 47 seconds in this clip IS NEWS !!!
On your side review of Dale Junior's 210 Season so far --
On Saturday, February 6, 2010, Earnhardt, Jr. qualified second overall for
the 52nd 2010 Daytona 500 after losing the pole position to teammate Mark
Martin. He started 1st in the Gatorade Duel #2 on Thursday, February 11,
2010. He finished 11th in the 2010 Budweiser Shootout after struggling with
an ill-handling car for most of the race.
On February 13, 2010 while running in the front of the pack at the Daytona
Nationwide Series race, Earnhardt, Jr. was caught up in a multi-car wreck,
causing his car to flip upside down on the backstretch. He walked away from
the wreck uninjured. His driver Danica Patrick was caught up in another
wreck before Earnhardt flipped. With 2 laps to go in the Daytona 500 the
following day, Earnhardt, Jr. was able to go from 10th to 2nd in 1 lap but
could not pass winner Jamie McMurray, and finished in second place. He was
unable to follow up on this strong performance the following week in
California when a broken axle left him with a 32nd-place finish, 12 laps
down. The next weekend in Las Vegas he qualified 4th for the Shelby
American, however after falling a lap down late in the race he could only
settle for a 16th place finish. Following another poor finish at Atlanta
settling for a 15th place finish. The next weekend at Bristol Dale Jr.
started 18th. He slowly made his way up the pace to 5th. Then a speeding
penalty on pit road sent him to the tail end of the longest line. He
charged his way up the pack to settle for a 7th place finish. He later
qualified 8th at Martinsville after qualifying was rained out. After facing
some handling problems, he ended up with a 15th place finish. Dale
Earnhardt, Jr. qualified 5th for the Subway Fresh Fit 600. Early in the
race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had a splitter brace issue, that sent him to
mid-pack. He later finished 12th. After qualifying 9th in the Samsung
Mobile 500, Dale Jr. had a strong car for most of the race, and led 46
laps. However, the 88 slipped back from 3rd to finish 8th on the last
restart, after facing a handling issue, and later moved up to 7th in the
Sprint Cup points standings. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was determined to get a
good finish at Talladega, and started 7th due to severe weather. Dale Jr.
made his presence known by running up front in the early stages of the
race, even leading 8 laps. Due to multiple green/white/checker attempts,
Dale Jr. slipped back on the final restart and finished 13th. Following
this, Earnhardt, Jr. qualified 25th for the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond.
During the race, Earnhardt, Jr. cut a tire after contact with Paul Menard
and Bobby Labonte. Earnhardt never recovered and finished 32nd three laps
down, and fell to 13th in the Sprint Cup standings. Dale Jr. didn't have
high hopes at Darlington the next week, stating that it would one day cause
him to quit racing in NASCAR. Dale Jr. qualified 19th, and although running
as high as 5th, Earnhardt, Jr. faced an ill-handling condition, causing him
to finish 18th, but move back up into the top 12 in points. On Friday
3-5-10, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta
Motorspeedway and now holds the record for fastest recorded qualifying time
of 28.76 in a Car of Tomorrow at 192.8 mph (310.3 km/h). On Sunday, 3-7-10,
he ended up with a 15th place finish after tire issues and other mishaps.
On July 2nd, 2010, Dale raced the #3 blue and yellow Wrangler Chevrolet
(painted to pay tribute to his father and fans) and drove it to victory
lane in the Nationwide Series Subway Jalepeño 250 at Daytona. The next day
on July 3rd in the Coke Zero 400 Dale finished in 4th place, improving his
position in the point standings from 13th to 11th.
Dale Earnhardt Interview - Post Race 1997 Daytona 500
Dale Earnhardt's interview after the wild crash he had in the closing laps.
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