- 11/20/2008, 07:18PM ET
CuntryBlumpkin said 11/20, 07:18 PM
I have done this before, but I missed a few points for Dale, and wound up tying with WTNelson in a great TD.
I've got Dale Earnhardt Sr all day long.
Dale raced for 21 years, won 76 races, and 7 championships, and that is winning the ship in 1/3 of the seasons he raced in.
Richard raced for 35 years, won 200 races, and 7 championships, or around 1/5 of his seasons he raced.
Richard raced in 1184 races compared to Dales 676 races, and the seasons were much long during the first half of Petty's career, and the competition was far less stiff in Richard's early days.
Dale had the larger fan base, and was the better driver.
Dale was the definition of consistent as well.
Richard scored a top 10 in 60% of his races, while Dale put up a top 10 in 63% of his races.
Dale is also the only driver in NASCAR history to post back to back championships on 3 different occasions.
You can bring up Richard's 200 wins all you want, but he raced with more races in a season, less competition, and nearly doubled the races Dale ran, and Dale won his ships at a 33% of career while Richard only won a ship in 20% of his seasons.
Wes83WelkerWR said 11/20, 08:44 PM
Ok. Dale was good. But here it goes. Richard Petty had 200 wins (most all time) and tied for most championships(7). Yes Dale Sr. had won a larger percent of his races because he wrecked people. They call him the intimidator. Ring any bells? For one of his first races for driving for Darrell Waltrip, he wrecked him. I mean come on! Wrecking the guy who owns your car? Not right. Dale also won a championship without winning a race. You are supposed to try to get first. Not settle for second a lot of races. Dale had 281 top 5's,428 top 10's, and his average finish was 11th. Richard Petty had 555 top 5's, 712 top 10's, but his average finish was 11th.
CuntryBlumpkin said 11/21, 07:02 AM
Yes, Richard has more wins, top 10s, and top 5s, but Richard also raced in nearly double the races Dale did.
The goal of any NASCAR driver is to win the championship, win or not, and Dale won the ship 33% of the time compared to Richards 20% of the time.
Dale raced a total of 2 season without a win, 1981, and 1997, not a championship year like you said, while Richard raced 9 seasons without a win, and 4 without a top 10, something Dale never did.
8 seasons, Richard Petty did not finish top 10 in the points, and 5 he failed to break the top 20, and these are just counting full seasons.
2 seasons, Earnhardt didn't break top 10, and both of those he was 12th.
Petty raced 14 years longer, nearly doubled Dales races, and raced with less competition, and had a lot of down seasons, while Dale had 2 bad seasons, and in his final full season he finished 2nd in points, so Dale was up there until the end unlike Richard.
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