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DALE EARNHARDT
Career Achievements

Championship season are highlighted in Red
For Individual Season Statistics see the table at the bottom of this page

Year Car Owner Races Won Poles Money Earned End of Season Points
1975            
  • Dale's first Winston Cup Start was the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte
Ed Negre 1 0 0 $1,925 N/A
1976            
W. Billard

Johnny Ray

1

1

0

0

0

0

$1,725

$1,360

N/A
1977            
Henley Gray 1 0 0 $1,375 N/A
1978            
W.Cronkite

R.Osterland

4

1

0

0

0

0

$13,245

$6,900

N/A
1979            
  • Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
  • 1st win-16th career start in April, the Southeastern 500 at Bristol.
  • 1st pole-24th career start in June, the NAPA 400 at Riverside
R.Osterlund 27 1 4 $264,086 7th
1980            
  • 1st Winston Cup Championship
  • NMPA Driver of the Year
  • First driver in history to win Rookie of the Year honors and the Winston Cup Championship in successive seasons
R.Osterlund 31 5 0 $588,926 1st
1981            
  • July 7, 1981 Earnhardt signed to drive for Childress
  • Dale finished the season without a victory
R.Osterlund

Jim Stacy

R.Childress

16

4

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

$220,085

$34,300

$92,728

7th
1982            
Bud Moore 30 1 1 $375,325 12th
1983            
Bud Moore 30 2 0 $446,272 8th
1984            
  • Earnhardt returns to drive for Childress
R.Childress 30 2 0 $616,788 4th
1985            
R.Childress 28 4 1 $546,596 8th
1986            
  • 2nd Winston Cup Championship
  • NMPA Driver of the Year, shared with Tim Richmond
R.Childress 29 5 1 $1,783,880 1st
1987            
  • 3rd Winston Cup Championship
  • Motorsports Driver of the Year
  • NMPA Driver of the Year
R.Childress 29 11 1 $2,099,243 1st
1988            
R.Childress 29 3 0 $1,214,089 3rd
1989            
R.Childress 29 5 0 $1,435,730 2nd
1990            
  • 4th Winston Cup Championship
  • NMPA Driver of the Year
R.Childress 29 9 4 $3,083,056 1st
1991            
  • 5th Winston Cup Championship
R.Childress 29 4 0 $2,396,685 1st
1992            
R.Childress 29 1 1 $915,463 12th
1993            
  • 6th Winston Cup Championship
  • Won $3,353,789 in '93, which at that time was a motorsports record
R.Childress 30 6 2 $3,353,789 1st
1994            
  • 7th Winston Cup Championship
  • This 7th Championship ties Dale with Richard Petty for the most Championships won
  • Motorsports Driver of the Year
  • NMPA Driver of the Year
R.Childress 31 4 2 $3,300,733 1st
1995            
  • Dale finished the season missing his 8th Championship by only 34 points to Jeff Gordon
  • Won the Brickyard 400 adding his name to the record books at the famed Indianapolis track 
R.Childress 31 5 3 $3,154,241 2nd
1996            
  • Earnhardt won 2 of the first 3 races in 1996 and was posting one solid finish after another until he was injured in a wreck at Talladega
R.Childress 31 2 2 $2,285,926 4th
1997            
  • Dale failed to win a race this year.  His first time since 1981
  • 5th straight season he finished with a top 5 in points
R.Childress 32 0 0 $2,151,909 5th
1998            
  • Dale won the 40th Annual Daytona 500 on his 20th attempt
  • Dale earned $1,059,105 for the win, a NASCAR Record
  • In the middle of the season due to poor performance of both teams, Childress switches crew chiefs putting Kevin Hamlin in charge of Earnhardts car and Larry McReynolds in charge of Mike Skinners car which resulted in improvements for both teams
  • Dale Earnhardt expands his own Winston Cup Teams, DEI, by purchacing the rights to the #8 from the Stavola Brothers. The #8 was the number used by Dale's Father, Ralph Earnhardt. He now owns two, the #1 and the #8.
R.Childress 33 1 0 $2,721,100 8th
3,928 pts
1999            
  • Dale Earnhardt's 25th Anniversary of Racing.
R Childress 18 1 - $1,699,459 7th
2,324pts
Years Racing   Total Races   Total Wins  Total Top 5's   Total Top 10's  Championshps   Total Winnings  

25

626

72

264

394

7

$35,076,604

Career Highlights

7 Winston Cup Titles
80, 86, 87, 90, 91, 93, 94
(tying Richard Petty for the record)

72 Career Winston Cup Wins (6th on the all time win list)

Career Money Winning Leader, in racing history worldwide, over $35,000,000 (not including endorsements)

Currently 2nd for All Time Consecutive Starts

Only driver in the history of the sport to win NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year ('79) and NASCAR Winston Cup Championship ('80) in consecutive years

Only three-time winner of "The Winston" ('87, '90, '93)

American Driver of the Year 1987 and 1994

6 time Winner of the Busch Clash
1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95

Five-time NMPA Driver of the Year ('80, '86, '87, '90, '94)

12 Wins (10 consecutive)  in the Daytona 125 mile Qualifying Race
1983, 86, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

2 Time Winner of the IROC Series Title 1990 and 1995

In 20 full seasons of Winston Cup Competition has finished in the Top 10 in points 18 times and has finished in the Top 5 in points 13 times

The first car owner to win championships in two major NASCAR Divisions in the same year:
1998 NASCAR Busch Series with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr
1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with driver Ron Hornaday

The first team owner to win two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championships 1996 and 1998 with driver Ron Hornaday

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Daytona Notes
Dale Earnhardt has more wins (33) at Daytona International Speedway than any other driver:

Winston Cup Wins
   *1990 - July race Pepsi 400
   *1993 - July race Pepsi 400
   *1998 - Feb race Daytona 500
(This was the 40th Anniversary of the Daytona 500)

*6 time Winner of the Busch Clash
   1980, 86, 88, 91, 93, 95

*12 Wins (10 consecutive) in the Daytona 125 mile Qualifying Race
   1983, 86, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

*5 IROC races at Daytona
   2/14/92, 2/18/94, 2/17/95, 2/16/96, 2/12/99

*Seven-time winner of the Goody's 300 Busch race at Daytona
   Five of these were consecutive (82, 86, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94)

In 43 Winston Cup Starts at Daytona, Earnhardt has 33 top-ten finishes.
3 are wins, 19 are positions 2 through 5 and 11 are finishes in positions 6 through 10. (07/04/99)

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For Individual Season Statistics click on the year below

1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

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Blk3GM's Dale Earnhardt Site was born on July 26, 1998 and is owned and maintained by Gary Harris.  This site is a tribute to "NASCAR's Greatest Driver" and his up and coming son.  We are not affiliated with any official Team, Sponsors, Media Group or NASCAR.  This site is solely for entertainment purposes.  Information and statistic's on this site have been collected from various NASCAR related sites on the internet, from Winston Cup Scene, Newspapers, Television and our personal experience at Winston Cup and Busch Grand National races.  All statistics are believed to be accurate at the time they are updated but cannot be guaranteed.
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