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April 29: Dale Earnhardt Sr. was born on this date in 1951

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April 29: Dale Earnhardt Sr. was born on this date in 1951

For a poor kid who dropped out of school to work a welding job and pay for his racing, Ralph Dale Earnhardt came a long way to become one of the greatest NASCAR drivers. It's easy for his tragic end to obscure the specific reasons he was famous beyond his success; here's a glimpse at what made Earnhardt a force on the track, the 1987 Winston race — an exhibition with no points — where he earned the nickname "The Intimidator." There aren't many drivers today who could pull off the off-track move Earnhardt makes here.