by Charlie Turner
Thanks for stopping by OnPitRow.com and the Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie blog. The best NASCAR and IndyCar news and opinion, exclusive pictures and video. I'm Charlie Turner. Follow me on Twitter @onpitrowMay 7, 2009 8:47 am UTC 19 Comments
One of two seven-time Winston Cup Series champions against a driver with three titles and even more wins. Both of these guys were known for doing whatever it took to win. They wrecked each other a few notable times and have been on a collision course to this confrontation from the very beginning of the NASCAR 64 Greatest Drivers Tournament at Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie.
Darrell Waltrip is a three-time Winston Cup Series champion – ’81, ’82 and ’85. In the 61 races run during ’81 and ’82, he won 24 times. Waltrip finished with 84 Cup victories ( tied for 3rd all-time) in 809 starts and qualified on the pole 59 times. With 390 top ten finishes, DW was top ten in nearly half of the races he started. And he made boogity, boogity, boogity - and lately a race rat named Digger – famous. Or infamous.
Dale Earnhardt won 76 times in 676 Cup Series starts and was one of only two seven time series champions. His win total is seventh best all-time. He won consecutive titles three different times and was a series runner-up three times. Earnhardt only won the Daytona 500 once – in ’98 – but is the all-time leader in wins at Daytona International Speedway with 34. It was said that Earnhardt could “see the air” when he raced at the restrictor plate tracks at Daytona and Talladega. I don’t know about all that. But he sure saw the checkered flag plain enough at those two tracks.
Waltrip edged Tim Flock in the One and Done bracket to get to the Four Wide Final. Earnhardt easily beat Junior Johnson to come out of the Bench Racing region. We’ve asked a bunch of our radio guests On Pit Row to give us their picks throughout this little tournament. Inevitably, they ask what criteria they’re supposed to use. We always tell them to use whatever basis they wish, for deciding who should win. We’d like you to do the same in the comment section.