Dale Earnhardt Quote



Dale Earnhardt on Restrictor Plate Racing

When some of NASCAR’s top drivers were complaining about their car’s handling and excessive speed at Daytona in July, 2000 Dale Earnhardt set them straight.

This quote absolutely leaves no doubt that Dale Earnhardt was a racer’s racer.

“If you’re not a race driver, stay the hell home. — Don’t come here and grumble about going too fast. Get the hell out of the race car if you’ve got feathers on your legs or butt. — Put a kerosene rag around your ankles so the ants won’t climb up there and eat that candy ass.” ~ Dale Earnhardt

 

 

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22 Comments on Dale Earnhardt Quote

  1. Celia McCulty on
  2. He didn’t mince words, that’s for sure, but he told the truth. Even though he was killed in a race car, I wish racing was still like it was when Dale and all the old guys raced. He didn’t worry about safety, just racing.

  3. Skip Phillips on
  4. Well now Dale Sr. is gone and strange as it seems so are alot of the Hundreds of thousands of Dale Sr. fans that used to fill those expensive seats ! I’ll bet that there are many anti #3 race fans that also wish he was still with us !
    Remember the 2001 Daytona 500.The Day That Racin’Died !

  5. Marie on
  6. Yes, February 18, 2001 was the saddest day in racing. Dale Earnhardt was the best ever. Racing is not the same without him. I continue to follow it because of Dale Jr. but I sure miss that black #3 with his daddy behind the wheel. He drove it with a passion that no other driver has shown. He told it like it was, referring to his “famous quote.”

  7. Lliam on
  8. I was anti Dale Senior until his death, which I watched without any concern for his well being. Afterall, having been a NASCAR follower my entire life, Dale’s crash was NOT spectacular compared to many others we’ve all seen in the past. That coupled with the younger Waltrip about to win the 500, it was, SHOCKING, I was STUNNED AND DEVISTATED by his death. Imediately I clearly saw that which I couldn’t see just minutes earlier, how fabulously wonderful this man Dale Earnhardt was! Love him or hate him, he was a huge force to be reconned with. With a new found love and appreciation for who and what he was andcontinues to be, I miss him tremendously!

  9. Dave in Knoxville on
  10. Nearing the end if the 2000 season, I felt the stirrings of a feeling I had never had. A budding respect and appreciation for the man they called “THE INTIMIDATER”. The more I heard about how he treated his counterparts off the track, and the invaluable assistance he offered when they needed it, the more redeeming qualities I found in him and could appreciate.
    I, like many, didn’t think anything of the impact with the wall as we had seen other drivers clobber it with negligable consequences. But when it was announced that we had lost our “Legend in his own time”, at 60 years old, I joined the American Race Fraternity in exhausting myself of tears. (I know there were N.H.R.A., I.R.L., C.A.R.T members and fans, etc)that shared in our loss. Talking to other race fans, I’m sure Dale’s popularity transcended the boundries of other race associations and we were not alone in our grief. Dale, rest in peace and Godspeed. We love you.

    Great quote Dale Sr. now ya know why he was my Driver! I even Drive like him. I could prove it in person!

  11. Len CHandler on
  12. You did not want to see Dale in your rear window or mirror on the next too or the lst lap. Better mover over. He was the man!!!.

  13. Doug.sweet on
  14. Another friend (GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN— Probly see you soon Dale.)

  15. john gerrits on
  16. Im a great nascar fan when dale earnhardt sr was racing. Now racing well not be the same. I looked up to this man of what he stood for. I know a lot of people that dont watch racing anymore.Without Dale there is no nascar.I watch he movie over and over, and i still cry.He is with God looking down at his son,hopping he does better I still cheer for him no matter what.I wish all the best to Dale kids,and how lucky you are to have a dad like Dale.I love this man #3 and I miss him.My heart stills hurts and will never go away. I know how Jr feels and his brother and sister.To me he is the KING and I will stick to that till the day I die.Dale rest in peace and thinking of you always. THanks for nascar Dale. Love Always your greatest fan John

  17. JUNEBUG on
  18. I also watch the films over and over and the others are right. It did not seem to be that bad a crash. But because of that crash and his death the cars of today are so much safer. We have seen so many worse crashes since then and they all managed to survive. For that we have to thank Dale Sr.

  19. Smokie on
  20. Yes Dale was the best. Now his son JR is the best

  21. BT on
  22. There is only one #3 !!!!!!

  23. Helen Johnson on
  24. It is to bad that nascar did not make all those safty changes before Dale hit the wall.

  25. harry kimmey on
  26. GUYS RACING TODAY LIKE KYLE WOULDN’T MAKE A PIMPLE ON SR. BUTT. BITCH ABOUT THERE CARS,TRACKS, TIME OFF, TO MANY RACES. RACE AND SHUT UP AND BE DAMM GLAD YOUR MAKING BIG BUCKS AND LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG. CAN’T STAND THE PRESSURE GO HOME AND WATCH THE RACE ON TV. DRIVERS ARE STANDING IN LINE AND WAITING FOR JUST A CHANCE TO TAKE YOUR PLACE. MOST PEOPLE UNDER 30 DON’T HAVE PLANES, BIG HOMES ,AND A LOT OF MONEY. ABOUT LIKE THE MBA AND MANY OTHER SPORTS TODAY OVER PAID GUYS TO GO PLAY AND DO SOMETHING THEY LOVE WITH A LOT OF TIME FOR OTHER THINGS IN LIFE TODAY.

    For Ever a Fan For Ever the Man . Dale Finished Second In Atlanta In a Rain Postponed Race In 2000 That went To Monday The Last Race of The Nascar Season. I Was Passing Through Atlanta And Stopped @ The Track And Bought My Wrangler Tag From His Trailer . Later That Evening I Was Stopped In Tennessee By a Trooper That Said I Was On The White Line A Bit. I was Just Tired From Driving I Had Been In Key West . My # 3 Tag Was In My Back Window The Trooper Asked Me Where Dale Finished That Day And I said He Finished Second . Always And Forever A Earnhardt Fan And I Will Always Be AMPED 88 …………………………

    I grew up in K-town for the most part. Ralph was slidin’ around. Stick Elliott banging. When your a kid everything seems BIG. What a roar those engines would make, the smell of fuel in the air and the ground quaked.

    A chill went up your spine like being in Church when you heard the Word. It was almost spiritual, something that also changed your Life. I was at CMS when Dale drove his first race and was a “Ironhead” fan “dyed in the wool.” All the races that went round and round thru the years came to a halt that Sunday. I can’t remember all the races, but I’ll never forget that one.

    I was shooting in a 1000yd Long Range Match at Butner near Creedmoor listening to the race between relays when I could. The Match was over and by the time I could get back in the truck to drive home MRN was off. My cell phone rang and my girlfriend asked if I got to listen to any of the race. “Yea” I replied, not knowing what had happened. She knew…she said nothing about it…just call her back in the drive back. Well, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It wasn’t real…no way! It took me three years to shed a tear after my Dad’s passing ten days before my sixteenth birthday. My Mom said,”I think you took Earnhardt’s death harder than your Dad’s.” That was something different. That was the day that forever after the engines weren’t as loud anymore, the chill up your spine was lukewarm. Except for Jr. I could about care less.

    Now the Metrics are racing in NASCAR… there goes the neighborhood. They have even infiltrated Drag Racing. Kyle, Juan, go back home to mommas, and the open wheels…well I’m just as happy watching the “LEGENDS” and “Back in the Day”. Sometimes… Somethings… DON’T get better with AGE!!!
    Who needs brakes, yer RACIN’!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To Helen,
    One thing we have to understand. Dale called the shots on his #3 car. He made the choice on how he strapped in to the setup on the car. The fact is Dale customized the configuration of the seat belt mounts that could have been the very cause of death as a result the belt “dumped” in the crash. NASCAR changed the rules to only “NASCAR-approved” seat belt mounting. Bill Simpson warned Dale of the improper mounting. Bill Simpson got a bad rap and needless fault finding sent his way. He has helped the drivers and NASCAR more than he ever got credit for. Bill & Dale were friends. Dale was his own man and the world will never know if anything would have turned out different that fateful day. We all know without “The Intimidator” we are diminished. The world is a better place because we had him in it. Never forget.

  27. cindi on
  28. Well now, that was Dale Sr. Dale Sr. was my fav driver all my life. I grew up at Talladega with my Dad (44 yr old). We never missed a race. I watched him race year after year until he became the force to be reckoned with that he was. Now I watch Jr. race. I often feel that Sr. is on Jr.’s shoulder at times watching out for him. Teresa made a big mistake letting Jr. go. Dale, you were the “Intimidator”, true, but you were a class act of a person that I don’t think anyone will ever be able to match. Well I know that no one ever will be like you. You were one of a kind. I will never forget you! My youngest son just turned 14 (4-17), he is one of the biggest fans. He wears something Dale Sr. every day, even if it is just a hat, socks, or something. Love you Dale. :) Smile Dale is looking down on us fans and thanking us for all the support we always gave him!

  29. Danette on
  30. Dale was always the one for comments. I once got a chance to meet him…a wonderful man. We talked and he told me that if you couldn’t trade paint and deal with it you were not racing. I have always heard that rubbin’ is racing! I am a big fan of NASCAR and of the dirt track. My son is a dirt track racer and damn good at it. Won points race 2 years running at our local dirt track. Now dirt tracking, that’s tradin paint and rubbin. It is racing! Thank you Dale for what you did for our sport that we love so much.

  31. sean richmond on
  32. dale was the last of the throwback drivers – drove to win and the money was second – he learned to drive from stick elliott – he was in awe of stick elliott and copied his driving style and his mannerisms off the track – if you saw dale drive you caught a glimpse of stick elliott – he was the original intimidator – dale had a good race in a sportsman 300 at charlotte – he followed dave marcis – dave drove the #2 and dale the #98 – he learned alot right there in that race – dave and dale were allways friends .

  33. REGAN on
  34. HE WAS THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Angie on
  36. I think you should know that the seat belt was not the cause of Dale’s death. And if you are such a fan why are you blaming this wonderful man for his own death. There were only 2 drivers in the 2001 Daytona 500 that wore a head and neck restraint. Following his death that was the first thing that was made mandatory for drivers. I blame Nascar. Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin died the same way. There necks snapped from the force of not having a head and neck restraint. If Nascar would have taken action than Dale would still be alive. But because their deaths were in practices and they were younger drivers it seems it was chalked up to young and inexperienced. If Nascar would have taken more action and investigating at the time of their accidents a head and neck restraint would have been on all the drivers that dark day and we would not be having these conversations.

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