Whenever the name NASCAR is mentioned, there is one driver whose name is synonymous as one of the sport's biggest stars, and that name is Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Earnhardt did not fit the mold of the typical cup driver during his time, nor was he like the others once out on the track.
His daring, fearless, and unpredictable driving style quickly made him a fan favorite both for and against him, and it was from this driving style where he earned him his nickname the, “Intimidator.”
With 76 race wins and seven championships (tied for most all-time with Richard Petty) Earnhardt is one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history, winning both as a driver and team owner.
Earnhardt not only had one of the biggest hearts for his fans as well as the sport, but many of his biggest accomplishments went unnoticed and were done away from the limelight of his success.
Earnhardt believed that whenever a good deed was to be done, it should always be without all the accolades and congratulations that usually follow such actions.
The respect as well as the fan base that he built during his 21-year racing career, is still seen today whenever the name NASCAR is mentioned, and he is easily one the most recognizable sports stars in the world today.
Earnhardt’s hard nosed style of driving changed the way the fans viewed the sport, and even his death led to tremendous changes in safety that surely has saved drivers lives in today’s auto racing.
As big as he became, Earnhardt never forgot his humble North Carolina roots and on Tuesday Nov. 10, the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) announced that Dale Earnhardt Sr. will be the 2010 Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award Recipient.
Earnhardt will be honored on Jan. 25, 2010 at the NCMA’s Fourth Annual Motorsports Industry Awards Banquet.
Past recipients have included; Benny Parson’s (2007), Richard Petty (2008) and Richard Childress (2009). Earnhardt was selected to receive the award for more than his remarkable on track success.
The North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Banquet (NCMIA) presented by Senn Dunn Motorsports Insurance will be held Jan. 25, 2010 at the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC.
A fireside chat with many of Dale Earnhardt’s former Crew Chiefs will also be part of the evening’s special events to honor the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr.
So even in death the legacy that is Dale Earnhardt Sr. continues to live on, and just recently Earnhardt was selected to the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame joining just four other inductee’s (Bill France Sr, Bill France Jr, Richard Petty, and Junior Johnson.)