Ralph Earnhardt was probably one of the most talented drivers never to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Title. Although his racing career lasted 23 years, Ralph was a guest at NASCAR’s highest division despite being master of the North Carolina short tracks. He won NASCAR’s Sportsman Division Championship in 1956 and had seven top-ten finishes in eight starts in the 1961 season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and that resulted in a 17th place in the overall standings.
Ralph was working on a race car in his shop when he suddenly passed away.
The National Motorsports Press Association inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 1989. Ralph Earnhardt also got inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega in 1997.