An acknowledged master of North Carolina short tracks, Ralph was the father of Dale Earnhardt, and the grandfather of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kerry Earnhardt. He raced sparingly in NASCAR's elite division. He won NASCAR's Sportsman Division championship in 1956.
Ralph Earnhardt died 48 years ago, he was 45 , He would have been 93.
An American club racer of midgets and sports cars who, aged 43, tried and failed to qualify a Cooper-Climax T51 for the 1963 Mexican Grand Prix. Subsequently he became an Indycar mechanic, worked for Howard Hughes and was a USAC official.