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Dale Earnhardt career highlights

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1975 — Made stock car racing debut on May 25, finishing 22nd in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

1979 — Earned first victory on April 1 at Bristol, Tenn; Won Rookie of the Year Award.

1980 — Won first Winston Cup Championship, becoming only driver to win Rookie of the Year and season championship back-to-back.

1986 — Won five races to take second Winston Cup Championship.

1987 — Won 11 races for third Winston Cup Championship, finishing in top five 21 times in 29 races.

1990 — Won nine times to take fourth Winston Cup Championship, earning a then-record $3,083,056.

1991 — Won four races for fifth Winston Cup Championship.

1993 — Won six races to earn sixth Winston Cup Championship.

1994 — Won seventh Winston Cup Championship, tying Richard Petty for most career titles. Topped $3-million mark in earnings for third time in five years.

1996 — Became third driver to start 500 consecutive Winston Cup races.

1997 — Became first driver to reach $30 million in American Motor Sports winnings and first race car driver to appear on box of Wheaties Cereal.

1998 — Won first Daytona 500 in 20th career start, breaking a 59-race winless streak overall. Finished eighth in season standings, his 18th top 10 finish in 20 years.

1999 — Won 10th consecutive Twin 125 qualifying race at Daytona.

2000 — Won Winston 500 on Oct. 15 at Talladega Superspeedway for final career victory.