Waltrip: When Dave Blaney lost his left rear wheel at Atlanta I went into, "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel."
SI: Do you own one of those shirts saying, I HATE WARM BEER, COLD WOMEN AND DARRELL WALTRIP?
Waltrip: No, but I have a lot that say, ANYBODY BUT WALTRIP.
SI: How come the fans gave you such a hard time?
Waltrip: I was a kid from Kentucky who showed up and started beating on the back bumper of their heroes. Plus, I was just mouthy. I was rude and obnoxious. Cale Yarborough called me Jaws because I ate up people. I was a good talker, and they wasn't.
SI: When you won Most Popular Driver in 1989 you said it was your most important achievement. Why?
Waltrip: I felt I was given a chance to mend fences with fans. Richard Petty had once said that I would win a lot of races and break a lot of records, but I'd never be Most Popular Driver.