1998, 1999 Busch Series Champion2004, 2014 Daytona 500 Winner2000 The Winston Winner2003, 2008 Budweiser Shootout Winner2003, 2004, 2008, 2015, 2016 Can-Am Duel Winner, 4 straight wins at Talladega Superspeedway (Fall 2001-Spring 2003), 5 time NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion as owner: 2004, 2005, 2014, 2017, 2018 Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr., (born October 10, 1974) is an American, semi-retired, professional stock car racing driver.
His primary competitor for the award was Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth outran Earnhardt in the season-opening Daytona 500.
In 1998, he made his first start in the Winston Cup Series, at the exhibition race held at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.
Also in 1999, he drove in five Winston Cup races in the No.
8 Budweiser-sponsored Chevrolet for DEI, and then in 2000, he went full-time in the Winston Cup series.
His father had crashed in turn 4 after Sterling Marlin made contact with his left rear bumper. shot up the track into the outside wall behind Waltrip and his son and collected Ken Schrader in the process. was pronounced dead at pm due to a basilar skull fracture.Earnhardt scored his first win in the Direc TV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking the record held by his father Earnhardt Sr.