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The Intimidator Nothing else needs to be said The mere mention of Dale Earnhardts hard earned nickname sends shivers up any race fans spine and a look of awe will cloud their face They will know immediately who youre talking about the dirt roots tough as nails fearless driver who is one of NASCARs finest Earnhardt had no problem spinning someone out or running them into a wall to win a race His temper could flare up in a second but that didnt change the fact everyone respected him He had a style of racing and a passion for the sport that had never been seen before In just his rookie year he was being compared to the greats- Yarborough Allison Labonte Elliot Parsons even the King Richard Petty No one knew what to think of him But there was no questioning this boys other-worldly talent He was soon regarded as the one to beat Dale Earnhardt might not have won as many races as some but he was and still is arguably the best driver NASCAR has ever seen Ralph Dale Earnhardt was born April 29 1951 to Ralph Earnhardt and Martha Coleman They lived in a modest house in Kannapolis North Carolina where Ralph competed in the southeast stock car races It was from his father racing that led Dale to fall in love with the then- unpopular sport The elder Earnhardt achieved a small amount of fame earning him the nickname Ironheart and winning almost all the races he competed in One would wonder why he didnt move on to race Winston Cup but it was supposed Ralph didnt want to move his family around That was a good thing for young Dale he learned how to work in his dads shop and could fix any problem with a car using the bare necessities He dropped out of school after eighth grade to pursue his love of cars Dale was soon working
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