Dale Earnhardt and the Most Intimidating Drivers in NASCAR History

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Dale Earnhardt and the Most Intimidating Drivers in NASCAR History
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Dale Earnhardt was the master of intimidation in NASCAR racing.  He was able to drive a car beyond its limits and he would either drive past his competitors or move them out of the way on his way to the front.

He was aggressive with his driving style.  His moves on the track were often controversial, but his talent behind the wheel was unquestioned.

Earnhardt won seven NASCAR Winston Cup (Sprint Cup) titles in 1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994.  The last six championships were with Richard Childress Racing.

In 1987, Earnhardt won four consecutive races and won five out of seven races.

The nickname "Intimidator" came about with his famous "Pass In the Grass" after spinning Bill Elliott out in the final segment of "The Winston," now known as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt set the bar high with the intimidation factor in racing.  Perhaps no other driver could convey such a sense of anxiety then when the black No. 3 filled a driver's mirror and they felt the bump from the nose of Earnhardt's car.

Outside the race car, Earnhardt had a swagger and a grin that was often an indicator he was about to make it a long day for his fellow drivers.

He was intimidating as a father.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. said: "You wanted to please him all the time, make him happy and you wanted to, whatever you did, you wanted it to somehow get a response from him."

Earnhardt may remain in a league of his own as a NASCAR driver.  He left a void in the sport with his untimely death during the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Whether you were his fan or not, he garnered respect for his ability behind the wheel and his leadership in the garage area.

In the history of NASCAR, there will only be one "Intimidator."

There are other drivers who combined their relentless, aggressive driving style with tremendous ability behind the wheel who elicited an intimidation factor among other drivers in NASCAR.

Let's take a look at those who are considered tough racers who never hesitated to do what was necessary to gain advantage on a race track.

See if you agree that these drivers were able to intimidate with their driving style and do it well. Some are still honing that skill.  They are listed in no particular order.

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