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Darrell Waltrip, Cup champion 1981, '82, '85
"IT'S NO SECRET THAT WE HAD SOME HUGE DIFFERENCES ON the track. Sometimes after he'd wreck some poor driver, I'd go up to him and ask, 'Dale, why did you do that?' And he'd look back at me with those blue eyes and flash that mischievous grin of his, and he didn't have to say anything, because that look just said, Because I can.
"There were times when I'd work my butt off to catch him and then pass him. But then I'd ask myself, Why the heck did I just do that, because now I've got to deal with that son of a gun on my back bumper? If you look at the highlights they play today of Dale, they're not of him making a pass; they're of him wrecking somebody. That's just how he was.
"But away from the track he had this soft side. He showed me an act of kindness in 1998 when he asked me to drive about a dozen races in his Pennzoil car. I was struggling financially and professionally at that time, and he really, really helped me. Sure, he had a reputation for being rough and tough, but he cared deeply about people. He really did."
Greg Biffle, truck series champion 2000
"IT WAS ALWAYS FUNNY TO HEAR HIM SAY MY NAME: BIFFLE. He had a hard time pronouncing it. One time at the truck series banquet at the end of the season—I had finished second—he put his arm around me and told me that I was a hell of a driver. Wow, was that special.
"I went to a party with him that night. We had a few beers and talked and talked. I had him sign a few things, and I'm pretty certain we would have become close, because we had so much in common—the outdoors, fishing and boats. I sure wish I had that chance to get to know him better.