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Earnhardt Beach

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Clearwater lifeguards on Earnhardt Beach in St. Petersburg at the first crossing of Tampa Bay that later became the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. Photo includes Terry Tomalin, Ron Collins, Dan O'Shea

Earnhardt Beach is a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida informally named after Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (29 April 1951 – 18 February 2001) who was an American race car driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. It is start of the annual charity swim called the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim.

Dale Earnhardt, Sr.[edit]

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. began his career in 1975 when he drove in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Winston Cup Series (later the Sprint Cup Series). Considered one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time, Earnhardt won a total of 76 races over the course of his career, including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998. He earned 7 NASCAR Winston Cup Championships, which is tied for the most all time with Richard Petty. His aggressive driving style earned him the nickname "The Intimidator". On 18 February 2001 at Daytona International Speedway while driving in the 2001 Daytona 500, Earnhardt was involved in a last-lap crash and died of a basilar skull fracture. He has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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