NASCAR Power Rankings: Memorable quotes through the years




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  • 2022-11-29 13:00:26Z
  • By NBC Sports
 

The best quotes from drivers and others involved in NASCAR competition often come in the heat of the moment - after a crash or a close finish or a controversial decision by officials.

NASCAR's history is filled with memorable quotes from drivers who won races to drivers who watched wins slip away to officials caught in a moment of history.

Here's a look at 10 that stand out:

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1. "I didn't mean to turn him around. I meant to rattle his cage, though." - Dale Earnhardt, describing how he didn't mean to wreck Terry Labonte after he wrecked Labonte on the last lap at Bristol Motor Speedway to win the Aug. 28, 1999 race.

2. "They have a golden horseshoe stuck up their ass. There's no way to get around that." - Kevin Harvick, Feb. 21, 2010, offering his opinion on why Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team won so many races after Johnson outran him to win at Auto Club Speedway.

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3. "It's a stump-puller." - Sterling Marlin, emphasizing the strength of his engine after he won the Daytona 500 Feb. 19, 1995.

4. "It's probably not his fault. His wife wears the firesuit in the family and tells him what to do." - Joey Logano, talking about Kevin Harvick after they were involved in a late-race crash at Pocono Raceway June 6, 2010. Harvick's wife, DeLana, often wore a firesuit similar to those worn by team members during races.

5. "Do you have a brother?" - Ward Burton, responding to a reporter who asked if it was tougher to finish second because the race winner was his brother, Jeff, March 7, 1999 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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6. "I couldn't hear him. He's got that little yap-yap mouth. I couldn't tell what he was saying." - Ricky Rudd, commenting on what Kevin Harvick said to him after they wrecked at Richmond Raceway, Sept. 6, 2003.

7. "We can't race with tears in our eyes." - team owner Robert Yates, explaining why his team would not participate in the next week's race after its driver, Davey Allison, was killed in a helicopter crash, July 1993.

8. "He'd have to toast everyone with milk." - Dale Earnhardt, commenting on the celebratory drink choice Jeff Gordon might make if he ever won the Cup championship. After he won the 1995 Cup title, Gordon followed through, toasting his championship with a glass of milk at the awards banquet.

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9. "You know they say there's talkers and doers. I've done this twice." - Tony Stewart, winning the pre-race trash-talk contest with Carl Edwards prior to the 2011 race for the championship. Stewart had won the title in 2002 and 2005 and notched another over Edwards in 2011.

10. "This is undoubtedly one of the toughest announcements that I've ever personally had to make, but after the accident in Turn 4 of the Daytona 500 we've lost Dale Earnhardt." - NASCAR President Mike Helton, confirming Earnhardt's death at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 18, 2001.

Honorable mentions: David Pearson, after being told that Richard Petty had said Pearson was the best driver he ever raced against: "I agree with him." … CBS broadcaster Ken Squier, calling the famous finish of the 1979 Daytona 500: "And there's a fight between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison! The tempers, overflowing. They are angry. They know they have lost. And what a bitter defeat." … NASCAR founder Bill France, providing a unique ending to a pre-race prayer after temporarily forgetting to use Amen: "Sincerely, Bill France."

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