|Birthplace:||Kannapolis, North Carolina|
|Born:||February 23, 1928|
|Died:||September 26, 1973|
|Cause of Death:||Heart attack|
|Awards:||1956 NASCAR Sportsman champion
1997 International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee
|NASCAR Cup statistics|
|51 races run over 6 years.|
|Best Cup Position:||17tn - 1961 (Grand National)|
|First Race:||1956 Buddy Shuman 250 (Hickory Speedway)|
|Last Race:||1964 unnamed race (Concord Speedway)|
Ralph was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina where he spent many years working in a cotton mill. One of the only ways out of this poor living was racing. Ralph started his racing career on dirt tracks where he was famous for keeping his car in top condition throughout each race.
In 1956, he won the NASCAR Sportsman Championship. He had a second place finish in his first Grand National (now Sprint Cup) race in 1956. In 1961, Ralph had his highest finish by finishing 17th in the Grand National point standings.
Ralph Earnhardt died at the age of 45 on September 26, 1973 from a heart attack while working in his garage.
|Dale Earnhardt | Dale Earnhardt, Jr | Jeffrey Earnhardt | Kerry Earnhardt | Ralph Earnhardt|