Ralph Earnhardt Biography


Ralph Lee Earnhardt was born February 23, 1928 in Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, the youngest of four sons – John Henderson and Effie Mae Earnhardt. Something & # 39; I was part of agriculture, and after leaving school Ralph worked for several years at one of the cotton plants. Wages and conditions were bad, and one of the ways out of the situation – the race.

In the later teenage years, he began to build the car in the family garage with the intention to race with him at the local ground tracks, eventually, since 1949. In 1953, twenty-five years old Ralph turned professional and began his painting, make a big impression in the world of racing very fast.

His first race in the Sprint Cup Series NASRAR held November 11, 1956, when he finished second to Speedy Thompson in the Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) at Hickory Speedway, North Carolina. Also in 1956 he won his first NASCAR title of athlete of the year he got 32 victories.

For his car & # 39; career he spent athletics championships in seven different areas. In 1961, Ralph got his highest finish in the standings Grand National – 17th place, and saw that it fills Cotes Owens as a means of a driver in the Daytona 500, which runs more than 300 miles and finished in 5th place. His awards include: – Ralph was inducted into the Hall of the National avtasportnalnay association of Fame in 1989, the same weekend that Dale Sr. won the Southern 500 in Darlington, Raceway, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of motorsport in Taladege, Alabama, in 1997 and together with his son Daley Sr. was named one of NASCAR "50 Greatest Drivers". During the celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASCAR on the occasion of the 50th anniversary, in 2004, Ralph was induitam in Rota Club Akiyansayda in Daytana Beach.

Later, his son Dale Sr. said of the award, which he shared with his father: "It was a special time for me and for our family & # 39; and I wish he could be here to see it all.". During an interview with & # 39; nd with Buck Knight Star Free Lance Frederyksburg, Virginia, on Friday, August 25, 1967 Ralph was asked if he wanted to ride on a large national road, he said: "It was fun to ride on super high-speed track, but the Grand national League a little rich for my blood – it means my pocket book, it is very different from driving an athlete on short tracks, but not so great that people will not be able to make switch that in supershvidkih man roads. It must be very pr ahalodnym and restless. No time for relaxation and rest. "

In ancient times, Ralf raced with the old veterans such as Joe Wade, Buck Baker and Curtis Turner and many others. "Sport is very different than it was in those days, when I started to hear about the race, which appeared on the vine bench, either by telephone or other promoter. Purses were small and now and now then no one will know that means NASCAR race, and he made a random thing in business and brought the safety of the game, which was very little. "

To the question whether he has thought about the exit of the NASCAR race, he said: "I feel good, and I feel that I'm driving better than ever, I need to be, people learn something in every race, he goes, I go three times a Ralph became interested in the young guns, and that Bobby Isaac started racing business, Ralph gave recommendations which began car & # 39;.. the son of a career in racing while growing up in southern North Carolina and Dale Senior of the an early age wanted to follow his father. Unfortunately, Ralph Earnhardt died of a heart attack his home September 26, 1973 at the age of 45 years. He found his wife, Martha, on the kitchen floor is not, as they like to believe, working on the car in the garage and found his son Dale senior. He is survived by his wife, Martha, sons Dale, Dale Sr. and Danny, and two daughters, Martha Kay & Kathy Lee, Dale Jr. and Kerry Earnhardt.