Tales from the Lighter Side ~ Final Chapter
I bid you welcome gentle readers, and a cordial warm greeting as well to our assigned reader of all things NASCAR on this hot and sunny day in the North Georgia hills. Today’s collection is a potpourri of nicknames and quotes from some of the stars of NASCAR, both yesterday and today. I hope that each of you finds a smile or a pleasant memory along the way.
week, we dabbled in some of the nicknames earned by or assigned to various
luminaries of the sport, so let’s continue in that venue for a bit. “Mr.
September”, or Harry
Yarborough, whom we also discus
reader informs me that
again going back in the day,
one of the most interesting characters was a driver named Herman Beam, who raced
from the late 50s into the early 60s.
last entry for nicknames today is not one person but a number of them, and
refers not to their hometown but to their home state. Of cour
And some more quotes… same game; quotes in Italics and my inane comments in parentheses.
"I think I had the best
drivers that anybody has ever had. Over a period of years, A.J. Foyt, (Mario)
Andretti, they drove for me some. You take LeeRoy Yarbrough and Cale
(Yarborough ~ no relation); tho
"Most of them drivers I had
in their prime, and that makes a difference. Cale wrecked the first eight races
he drove for us. My boys said, 'What are you going to do with that crazy fool?
He's going to wreck every car we've got.' I said, 'He's going to learn every
time you hit that wall, it hurts wor
Junior Johnson, wearing his "Owner's hat", which Darrell still imitates today
(Don’t hold back Junior; tell us what you really think)
"Don't hit him! I know you can hear me, and NASCAR said that they are watching you."
And Junior’s reply:
"You're breaking up man. I still can't hear you."
"When I was a lap down, I
called sign language Ca
"You’ve got to have a lead dog. You’ve got to have somebody out there for everybody to shoot at."
(Yep, and behind the lead dog, the view never changes ~ think about it)
"Making 31 appearances at Hooters wasn't exactly what I wanted to do."
Dale Jarrett, referring to almost signing a Hooters sponsorship earlier in his career
(Dale, I don’t think they wanted you to show cleavage)
"All of the drivers here I
can speak to becau
Tony Stewart, explaining the difference between NASCAR and IRL
(And unlike in the IRL, there are no translators readily available)
"The problem is you’ve got a young kid who is trying to replace Dale Earnhardt, who thinks he is Dale Earnhardt, and right now he wouldn’t be a scab on Dale Earnhardt’s butt."
Bobby Hamilton, referring to then rookie, Kevin Harvick
(Bobby, you can speak plainer than that)
“I like this story best. Buddy
and I were flying near Rockingham. One of the engines began to sputter, and I
didn't know why, although later I found a crimped fuel line. I decided to land
in a pasture that was full of cows. I made a pass to scare the cows so I had
room to land. After I landed, we got out and started walking, and here comes a
bull that must have weighed 1,000 pounds. Both of us climbed a pine tree. The
bull sort of camped out at the ba
have been wor
“Another big deal was in 1992
when I went to the White Hou
(I think they call that “partisan politics” but I really can’t fault his logic)
"I never dreamed I would
1960 Cup Champion Rex White
(So how do we put the genie back in the bottle?)
Your scribe had to go on a scavenger hunt before closing this one out, as I knew that somewhere in some obscure file on this machine I had another interview with Junior Johnson. What follows comes from 2002, but I knew I’d tucked it away and today I found it! Junior was asked to describe the difference between yesterday and today, and he did, in his own inimitable way.
when I started we would drive the race cars from track to track. I would be
gone for two weeks from Virginia, up to New Jer
was a very funny atmosphere where you traveled. I remember my brother would go
with me and we would be greasy and nasty where we just left the racetrack and I
would want to stop and he didn't want to go in a restaurant the way we looked.
Back then, there weren't all the motels; you pretty much had to live out of the
the people have all the elaborate things like bu
Once again, I offer my best Porky Pig imitation, “That’s all folks!”
But of course, it’s not quite all, as we haven’t yet heard our Classic Country Closeout. Today I’ve chosen for you a concert encompassing the first 25 years of the career of the late, great Johnny Cash. Please enjoy:
Be well gentle readers, and remember to keep smiling. It looks so good on you!