Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy #NASCAR Birthday
Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001) was a race car driver who drove on the NASCAR circuit for 22 seasons, won 7 Winston Cups, had 76 career wins, and made more money driving than any other driver in NASCAR history. 

The Earnhardts are NASCAR royalty. His dad, Ralph Earnhardt, was among the original bootlegger-turned-race drivers in the early days of stock car racing. Three of Dale's children have gone on to careers in the sport, as well; including NASCAR's Most Popular Driver - Dale Jr.

His life was ended with an automobile crash that occurred during the 2001 Daytona 500.

Happy Birthday Dale Sr. 

Fun Fact

NASCAR'S 'Man in Black' began his career in pink.

Earnhardt's first sponsor when he was 19, was DayVault's Tune Ups & Brake Service -- a local garage. When he and his crew mixed the paint batch for the 1956 Ford, they meant for it to come out in purple flake. They mixed it wrong, and the car ended up pink. Money was tight, so they couldn't afford a re-spray, and just went with a pink car.

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