We're not best
buddies, but I think when we quit racing we will be. I don't like all the
people around him, but I don't dislike them all, either. And he's good
Richard had the
best opportunity of anyone in racing. What with his father racing before him,
and even against Richard for a couple of years, people knew about him right
from the start. Racing has been the Pettys' business for a long time. But the
fact is Richard has taken it and multiplied it a hundred times, whereas many
others would not have made nearly as much of it. Richard has been champion
three times and has won the Daytona 500 five times. He says he's not the best
driver? Well, I'm not sure he's not. At least he's as good as the best of us.
Of course, I'd have liked to have had a go at it with his equipment.
It's hard not to
be jealous of him, but he's put everything he has into it and I admire him for
it. If he's in front of you, all you can do is chase him and hope. If he's
behind you, you keep looking in your rear mirror because you know sooner or
later he'll show up.