NASCAR racer, emulating his father and grandfather who competed in the sport as well.
He won his 10th consecutive Most Popular Driver Award in 2012.
He and Richard Petty both helped carry on their family's NASCAR legacies.
He went into his first race with a car he co-owned with his half brother, Kerry.
Father Dale Earnhardt Sr. tragically died during the Daytona 500 in 2001.