There was never anyone more aggressive about using the bumper to move someone out of the way than the late Dale Earnhardt.
There's a reason he was known as "The Intimidator" and "The Man in Black." Earnhardt pushed and shoved when he had to in order to win.
At Bristol Motor Speedway in 1995, Earnhardt wrecked Terry Labonte coming to the checkered flag, with Labonte holding on to score a thrilling victory.
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Four years later, Earnhardt again wrecked Labonte at the end of the race to put the black No. 3 in Victory Lane. A near riot ensued as furious fans booed Earnhardt mercilessly. Afterwards, Earnhardt said, "Didn't mean to really turn him around," Earnhardt said. "Meant to rattle his cage, though."
Less than a year later, Earnhardt was on the receiving end of the chrome horn.
It was at Pocono Raceway in 2000, where in the closing laps, Earnhardt had the black No. 3 Chevrolet in the lead ahead of Jeremy Mayfield.
At the exit of Turn 3 on the final lap, Mayfield shoved Earnhardt out of the way and drove on the win the race in a way that Earnhardt would have done.
"When you live by the sword, you die by the sword," said announcer Buddy Baker. "I've watched Earnhardt do that on many, many races."
"That's part of it," Mayfield said of his last-lap bump and run to victory. "He's gotten me plenty of times. That's the only time I ever got him. He can't say a word. I just wanted to rattle his cage a little bit, you know what I mean?"