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Earnhardt had the dominant car of the race, leading 115 out of 160 laps.
On the last restart, he managed to make a move from sixth to first place in the span of two laps, with Waltrip holding off the field as Earnhardt took the checkered flag. 400 at Dover, which was the first Cup race following the September 11 attacks as the original scheduled race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was postponed until the end of the season.
He competed on the North and South Carolina short tracks driving a No. While he did run various tracks during this time, Earnhardt Jr.
primarily focused his efforts at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina and the East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina, where he captured the pole for the Greenville Merchants 300 on October 28, 1994.
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.
In the aftermath, many disgruntled fans sent death threats to Marlin and his family, blaming him for the crash; Earnhardt and Waltrip both requested that fans stopped blaming anybody for Earnhardt Sr.'s death and both the local police and NASCAR investigations into the crash cleared Marlin of any involvement.
2000 was Earnhardt's breakout year in the Cup Series, he competed for the Raybestos NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award in 2000.
Earnhardt scored his first win in the Direc TV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, breaking the record held by his father Earnhardt Sr.
and began his racing career at the late age of 17 with his father, competing in the Street Stock division at Concord, North Carolina's Motorsport Park.
His first race car was a 1979 Monte Carlo that he co-owned with Kerry.
Earnhardt won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships in 19 barely edging Matt Kenseth.
In 1998, he made his first start in the Winston Cup Series, at the exhibition race held at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.
After the race, he performed a Polish victory lap while holding a large American flag out the driver's side window.