Like every sport around, racing has its fair share of quotes, memorable sayings uttered by those involved. From comical ones, to those aimed at speaking to racing hopefuls, quotes deliver something that resonates within all of us. The following are some of the sources of NASCAR quotes, those that best speak to life in the fast lane.
Michael Curtis Waltrip: A professional race car driver and owner of Michael Waltrip Racing (natch), Waltrip won the Daytona 500 twice, once in 2001 and once in 2003. He is also a commentator, providing his talent for oration to the Speed Channel on occasion. Waltrip was once quoted as saying, “Racing cars is not the safest thing. Maybe at times it’s not the sanest thing.”
Kasey Kahne: A driver in NASCAR’s NEXTEL Cup series, Kasey Kahne drives a number nine Dodge for Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Outside of the race car, he’s also known for his work in charity. He was once quoted, when referring to changing from a Cup fire suit to a Busch fire suit, as saying, “I change fire suits faster now than Clark Kent can duck into a phone booth and become Superman.”
Dale Earnhardt: Perhaps the best well known race car driver to ever put the pedal to the metal, Dale Earnhardt has become synonymous with the number three. During his career, he won seventy six races and seven championships (a record he shares with the great Richard Petty). He died doing what he loved: fatally crashing during the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. True to the way he live his life, Earnhardt was once quoted as saying, “Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.”
Murray Walker: A well known United Kingdom Motorsports commentator, Murray Walker worked mostly for the BBC during his career. Among a sea of sports announcers, Walker stood out: he was famous for the commentator’s curse, his passionate enthusiasm, and his keen ability to fluctuate his voice in sync with the fluctuation of the race car engines. He was once quoted as saying, “Anything happens in Grand Prix racing, and it usually does.”
Ricky Bobby: The fictional character brought to life by Will Ferrell in the movie Talladega Nights, Ricky Bobby perhaps captured the competitive nature of racing best when he said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Yes, Shake and Bake forever.