Dale Earnhardt is, without a doubt, the most iconic driver in NASCAR history. In his 26-year career, he won a total of 76 Winston Cup races and seven Winston Cup championships. The aggressive driving style that brought him those wins also earned him the moniker The Intimidator. However, he left behind more than a record that will be hard to beat. He left a legacy. Dale Sr.’s words of wisdom still ring true more than two decades after his tragic passing at the Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt on Hard Work and Determination
Stacking up all those wins on the track didn’t come easy to Dale Earnhardt. He and his team had to work hard, stay focused, keep improving to stay competitive. Before he passed, Dale shared several words of wisdom about the work he put into taking checkered flags and leaving an impression on fans.
More than that, Dale Earnhardt had to push himself mentally. Additionally, he and his team worked tirelessly to make sure his #3 Chevy was the best that it could be. One thing’s for sure, he knew what it took to come out on top and was dedicated to making it happen.
“You’ve got to be closer to the edge than ever to win. That means sometimes you go over the edge, and I don’t mean driving, either.”
“It’s a never-ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.”
However, Dale Earnhardt also knew that hard work was only part of the equation. He could’ve spent all the time in the world working with his team to make sure his car was top-notch but it was his determination and spirit that really brought the wins.
“Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.”
“The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car. It’s the one who refuses to lose.”
Dale Earnhardt knew that he had to believe in himself above all else. He could make a believer out of anyone else with his performance on the track.
“I’ve had confidence in myself all along. It was just a matter of getting the pieces back in place.”
Wise Words About Life
It’s important to remember that Dale Earnhardt was more than a NASCAR driver. He was also a father, husband, and outdoorsman. Over the years, he shared some priceless words of wisdom about life.
Dale Earnhardt didn’t win every time he got behind the wheel. However, he didn’t let the races he didn’t win get in the way of his determination to win or his love for the sport.
“You win some, you lose some, you wreck some.”
“You can’t let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.”
It’s obvious that Dale Earnhardt passed a wealth of wisdom down to Dale Jr., but this quote brings his experience as a driver and an outdoorsman together to deliver wise words from a father to his son.
“Hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.”
We’ll wrap this up with a quote that we can all take to heart. These are words to live by from Dale Earnhardt.
“The only way to be productive is to be positive.”