Why Dale Earnhardt was the First Man to Win NASCAR’s Brickyard 400
First of all let me apologize for asking a tricky question like Who was the first man to win the Brickyard?
Now let me tell you the back story of where all this is going.
Jeff Gordon did in fact win the first Brickyard 400 on August 6, 1994. But the question was not who won the first one.
Dale Earnhardt won the second Brickyard 400 on August 5, 1995.
Earnhardt was making the TV talk show rounds to talk about the race the following week when he proudly proclaimed “I’m the first man to win that race.”
The host looked a little puzzled and asked Earnhardt about Jeff Gordon’s win the previous year. Dale simply flashed that sly trademark grin of his and said “Wonderboy?”
Dale was a master of intimidating his rivals both on and off the track, and the rivalry between Earnhardt and Gordon was about as hot as it gets at that time. One of the two had the car to beat almost every week.
Dale’s Wonderboy comment was just another of his calculated moves to gain a slight edge over Gordon.