Rusty Wallace remembering Dale
(March 15, 2001)
Rusty Wallace recalled earlier this week the raucous
sense of humor of the late Dale Earnhardt.
"Ill tell you a damn good story,"
Wallace said. "Front straightaway, Southern 500, 105 degrees and its sticky as
hell, little black bugs are everywhere, and Im going for the championship.
"I go out to get in my car and qualified third or
something like that, and Earnhardts behind me. I see his pit crew all hovered around
his car, and theyre all looking at me and Im going, Man, Im
getting some respect, you know?
"I stick my head in my car and it stunk so bad you
couldnt believe it. Long story short, that damned Earnhardt went over to my seat
cushion and put a whole damn can of sardines in my seat.
"Im out there digging sardines out, and that car
stunk all day. He said, You remembered me all day long, didnt you?
Wallace got his revenge, however.
"The next weekend we went to Bristol, and its the
same thing again. Hes right behind me. We got ready to start the race, and he turned
his head and I stole his steering wheel. I put it in my car.
"I looked in the rear view mirror and hes going
(crazy) back there, trying to find his steering wheel. I took it right to the living end.
Theyre firing the motors up and getting ready to pull away, and I took the steering
wheel out and held it outside my window. Man, he was (ticked off), but it was funny."
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