The Cannonball; from a New York newspaper writer who compared him to the Cannonball train of the Illinois Central made famous by Casey Jones.
The Flip; Tinley Park Express; in honor of his hometown; Tunney; after heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney; 'Tunney' later became 'Tony.'
The Intimidator; because of his aggressive driving style; Man in Black; the black paint in which the No. 3 car was painted; Ironhead
Silver Fox; for his calculated approach to racing.
Awesome [First Name] from Dawsonville; Million Dollar [First Name]
Fancy Pants; Hard-Nosed Demon of the Ovals; The Houston Hurricane; Super Tex
Mr. Excitement; for his driving style
Big Daddy; The Floridian or Swamp Rat; from the first national drag racing meet at an airfield near Great Bend, KS in 1955; being from Florida, he was an outsider; 'Swamp Rat' also became the theme for each generation of his innovative dragster designs.
British Auto Ace
Cha Cha; Queen of the Drag Strip; First Lady of Drag Racing; the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to drive a Top Fuel dragster.
Barney; America's Speed King; the first man to drive a car at 60 mph on an oval.
King of the Road; King [First Name]; Stock Car Racing King; 7 championships and 200 wins.
Ace of Aces; with 26 aerial victories, he was America's most successful fighter ace in the war.
Rushville Rocket; he won a lot of dirt track races in the beginning of his racing career in Rushville, Indiana; Smoke; first for slipping the right rear tire during dirt races; then for blowing his engine often during his '97 championship run.
Front Row [First Name]; during his times with the more elite teams he would routinely either qualify 1st or 2nd.
Fireball; as a pitcher for the Zellwood Mud Hens, an American Legion baseball team, he earned the nickname because of his fast ball.
Rocketman; he was grabbing many poles and breaking a few track records in qualifying.
The Kid, or Wonderboy; early in his career both given by Earnhardt Sr.
D.W. or D-Dubya; Jaws; aggressive driving style and outspoken demeanor.
Iceman; for his cool demeanor behind the wheel; Ironman; when he broke Richard Petty's record for number of consecutive starts in 1996.