The Intimidator- A Biography of Dale Earnhardt Sr.

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"The Intimidator". Nothing else needs to be said. The mere mention of Dale Earnhardt's hard earned nickname sends shivers up any race fan's spine, and a look of awe will cloud their face. They will know immediately who you're talking about: the dirt roots, tough as nails, fearless driver who is one of NASCAR's 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 didn't 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 boy's 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 didn't move on to race Winston Cup, but it was supposed Ralph didn't want to move his family around. That was a good thing for young Dale; he learned how to work in his dad's shop and could fix any problem...