Listen: Davy Bobby Mead Felix, Dale Earnhardt, Adam Sixteen discussed on The Down and Dirty Show
"To ninety one Talladega. You break your leg pretty badly. Was there ever a point where you considered maybe hanging your helmet up and picking the Guitar Hero? No no you know what I'm going to I've I've thought about this a lot And I think you'd think about things different when you when you listen. Put it this way sitting at this table and we're sitting at a long table for these people listening sitting at this table. The table looks different. Than if I go to that end in La backwards and looking back on my life and the sport then when when the wreck happened I have to go back to Friday? Hassler and Larry Smith and so many guys that I had seen be killed at a racetrack. Markle Randy on pit road. They've Watson in the accident in his Jackman Atlanta so you grew up a grew up and I by no stretch by no stretch of the magic nation. Do I do. I'll just say that I was not. I was always in my mind if you if you could maybe not walk but if you could talk and you're breathing when they pulled you out you just got back ended at some point down the you know what I mean. That's the way it was. Because death was a part of the sixties and seventies death was just a part of the sport you know and a lot of people talk about. But when you're seven or eight and you're playing with kids in the Infield and then their father is killed and you never see those kids again. It has an impact. Your I mean I mean you don't you don't think about it at that time but eventually it begins to set in and you know. I think there were a lot of times man. Were you'd see rex as a kid and you'd think and then they would get out and it's like okay. That's good well. You know you shouldn't have to think that way at seven or eight years old you know I mean people should and so. I think when the accident happened man I I could tell you know I could breath. I knew I had a broke leg. I'd have plenty of bones. I wrote motorcycles. My whole life I had lots of broke bones bones with heal and I was I was stunned that it was going to be five or six months or maybe longer according to the doctor but Because I hadn't thought about that but I never thought about not getting Racecar Nineteen ninety-two Winston. All Star as you are part of NASCAR history. Because that's one of the most memorable finishes ever. What do you remember about that finish the last lap? Here's what happened. I the last laps. Incredibly simple for me Is We had a good car and but couldn't go. It took a laboratory to get going but had a really good car was not good in the first segment and Robin made an adjustment in the second segment and it came to life and they dropped the green flag on the last segment. And I don't even know how many what what lapse lapse were anyhow. But I could kill him through one and two and I got a good run on earnhardt to one and two and got down below him and he just kept coming and he kept calming calm calming and it's not a points race you know. That's all I remember as much as anything else is not a points race so if we're GONNA stuff it in down here would stuffing in down here. So when we got there he. We both had to slow down and swing out to go around the corner. We weren't coming from the natural position of off the wall into the corner. You had to go from the bottom back out and then get into the corner and he turned into the corner. His car was just loose and he just spun around when he spun. He Spun Right in front of me. So I had to slow down again so then here comes Davey and Davies. Common at full head of steam already on the low side and he's coming so fast there is no blocking. You know what I mean and for all you people out there. Nobody blocked in those days. It was extremely frowned upon. And you give him the lane and he beats you back to the line but you you're doing all you can and then we hit touch when we passed the line and I will say it until the day I die is I compare that moment when I realized that we had touched to watch one hundred yards hard. One Hundred Yard Dash and watching runners stretch for the line and then fall. You know what I mean you. You give everything you've got and once you cross the line that's it and when we crossed the line we touched and ugly David. Hard really hard I don't think and I've said it to me on Tuesday. I talked to him Monday. And then he called me back on Tuesday or so. He's still in the hospital. I think and Maybe it was Monday and Juanita drive his Bush car in because he wasn't going to be able to run the Saturday race. But you know. The ugly manufacturer thing had begun to raise. Its head by that point in time in the sport and you can get out of one manufacturer into another one without them frown on it so I didn't have it so we never had any hard feelings. What what I've said in and Larry mcreynolds and those of us that are left Is You talk about that race and people still talk about that race but you talk about the race. You don't talk about fight you don't talk about. People cussing each other. You talk about the race because there were never any hard feelings between anybody that went through it from Robert Yates to Doug Yates to lay mcreynolds to Davy Bobby Mead Felix to EARNHARDT childress to everybody involved. There was a race. You mean and then we all went home and came back the next week and that's the way it was data that's to me. That's his as telling a moment as any other moment when we look because you want to argue about the past and the grass that never was a pass or you want to argue about rusty guys. And you know Spin En- Daryl and we just wasn't an argument that was just not to ninety three Daytona. Five hundred how are you going to be given Bob Hill in hard time like yet was easy? Yeah how are you going to give Bobby Hill in the person ever walked in that garage? That listen there's lots of Nice people that shouldn't be in race cars. Okay no Bobby Array Guy. Here's why I was mad at body and and and the only reason I was mad at Bobby. Because bobby the record happen we were coming through. And if you go back we will come through. And Bobby should in my opinion still to this day should've held his break and not let the car roll down the frustration because he let the car until all the cars had passed he should he should have held his break because nobody was coming hard after that so he just rolled down in front of us. So that's why bobby hard down. He said that you actually sent him a letter the next week my have probably we've talked about okay. Okay that's before they people text. I Guess Okay All Right. Consider that a tweet. Well Ninety two and ninety three finished fifth horns. Yeah both years. That's got to be an upscale. Feeling move on. The team has got to be pretty hot given that. Yeah but we'd had you know if we go back you know we changed from Gary to Robin and the sport was changing things. Some things were changing and You know I was. What mid Thirties by the and So I think there was a lot of stuff a lot of stuff changing if we go back to those those times but and we were good. We were good. We just could not seem to catch that. You have a lot of good second place. Third Place Fourth. Place just could not beat mark and Dale and those guys. I mean just couldn't beat them. That's that's listen and I've said it before everybody's not Dale Earnhardt. Everybody's not Richard Petty. Everybody's not Jeff Gordon. You know what I mean and It I'm a journeyman. I consider myself a journeyman driver. You know what I mean. That's Calloway won. Some races settled some polls had good career. That's the way it is but You know we just couldn't we just got to a place and you know and and that's about as far as we were going to go that's about as far as we were going to go. I think it was going to take. It was going to take a better driver for them to win. More races are it was going to take a shakeup somewhere but dang man we all got along so good it was like. I don't care if you don't like her music. We're GONNA keep playing that kind of thing if you were in a band. Yeah we don't care if anybody 'cause 'cause we got along everybody just got along so good so and then that begin the fall apart and Berry came over and you know I'm one my last race. There would vary Dotson and Keith Simmons. Those Gasden You know it was just a different group towards the end you did leave. Sabco at the end of ninety six. Yeah how difficult a decision was that crazy story crazy story coming from Kyle Petty. Yep No way this one of my crazier stories. So I'm thirty. Six Adam Sixteen right and I had looked at. I looked at my dad. Had Gone Back and looked at his his early career and where he was at And my and my granddad and here's what happened. My granddad started Lee Petty Engineering and so I was called and then it went to petty enterprises. So My dad came along at three drove. Okay so you fast forward from fifty eight to From fifty eight to seventy nine then. That's where I drove so here I am driving for Felix working out of Charlotte and I got a sixteen year old coming along and I got no place for him to drive no place for him to start so in my mind. I thought any I got. I got to go back to level across and that was not an option at that time With what what pity enterprises was doing when I think bobby was there was Bobby Hamilton. There bobby might have been there. And they were having some success they were. They were running solid so I didn't have an opportunity to go back there. I didn't think so. We're flying home on an airplane and there's group on the airplane with Felix and we're sitting there and There's a gentleman on the airplane. That's and he says he's we're talking about a bunch of stuff and Felix's has been a little upset because we haven't been running to to good and this gentleman on the plane says You know I think this is going to be. I'm going to have to go get another job. I'm going to go so I'm I'll finish out or you tell me when you want me to leave and let's just call it a day here at Sabco and Felix got little. He was a little upset and he looked straight at me. I'll never forget. He looks at me he said. I guess you'll be the next quit and I said Yeah. I think I'm quitting too and I said I'll go through the end of the year and I'm out and he said what it was that quick decision. Yeah I was just sitting on a plane. I was sitting on a plane and like I said the thought of giving Adam place had already come had already entered my head so it wouldn't so I quit quit on an airplane and thank God that didn't have parachutes. I'd quit on an airplane. Me and the guy. I'm not going to say who it is. This up to him they ever say and We instantly Started looking for how to start a team and I started volunteering to can't found hot wheels base Delta the mock shop. Okay Yeah we use the already mark shop. Bob was still there really was not seem everyday man and so towards concord speedway. Yeah and so. We raced out of there and was David Evans and Billy. Woodruff and myself and Bobby Kennedy who did a great job force great job and that year. You know we'd run. I think we're on fourteenth or fifteenth in points that year and I was incredibly proud of that group and what we did that year and Had at the end of that year I think we run one year out of there and then I moved back to level cross And then when Adam started with his finnity stuff I turn P to and to an extent eighteen. A bushing And gave him a place to drive. And then I had planned on That's that's just the way it was going to go. We were GONNA run run out of there for what couple years run one year one year out of out of remark thank and then went back to level cross. Run A couple of years there which takes me to ninety seven ninety eight nine right along in two thousand long there so there's the collar everything happened with that and you told me this amazing story about you and Dale Earnhardt during the four hours of Daytona. Yeah What do you remember about that. Not Yeah you know I've said this before And I'll go back to one step here is in my mind when I started this team when I left Felix and started this team. My goal was to build this team and then by by two thousand and two thousand one Than Two two thousand. Two thousand one was going to be my last year. How long drive anymore. Because I didn't want my career to overlap to deepen Adams career and back to my dad and my career where we were in the same place for so long together. The financial it wasn't going to be feasible. Only one of US could survive. I wanted them to survive.."