Dale Earnhardt Sr. stories in the SI Vault

They Had A Blast At Daytona By Bob Ottum, July 14, 1980 The Firecracker 400 sizzled from start to finish as veteran Bobby Allison (above) had to work a pick to hold hot newcomer Dale Earnhardt at bay for a narrow victory.

Be Cool, Be Fast, Be Champ By Sam Moses, November 24, 1980 Dale Earnhardt won the NASCAR title by following his daddy's racing rules.

Dale Turns 'em Pale By Sam Moses, September 07, 1987 Dale Earnhardt, this year's NASCAR champion, isn't shy about banging fenders.

All Hail Dale By Sam Moses, November 26, 1990 The driver they call Ironhead, Dale Earnhardt, won his fourth NASCAR title -- and a bundle of loot.

Attitude for Sale By Ed Hinton, February 6, 1995 Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR's new king, has parlayed his bad-boy image on the track into a gold mine off it. The Hunt's Over By Ed Hinton, February 23, 1998 After 19 failed attempts, seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt finally won his first Daytona 500 -- and even a guy as ornery as the Man in Black got a little misty over that.

Crushing By Mark Bechtel, February 26, 2001 The fatal crash of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt on the final lap of the Daytona 500 devastated the world of NASCAR.

How One Man's Death Is Saving Lives By Pable Torre, November 25, 2010 It's not a conicidence that there hasn't been a NASCAR driver killed in a crash in the 10 years since Black Sunday.

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