1. He Is the Grandson of Ralph Earnhardt, a Stock Car Racer
Dale Earnhardt is the grandson of Ralph Earnhardt, who was a stock car racer in the 1950s and ’60s.
According to Newsweek, Ralph Earnhardt dropped out of school in the sixth grade, going to work in a cotton mill and in a garage.
Ralph Earnhardt in 1956 won the NASCAR Sportsman Championship. He also won the Sportsman Division Championship in 1956, and in 1998, he was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.
Earnhardt died of a heart attack in 1973. He was 45 years old.
Dale Earnhardt’s grandfather on the other side of the family is the late Robert Gee, a race car constructor.