The Best NASCAR Quotes

We dug around to find some of the best and funniest NASCAR quotes on winning, losing, drivers tracks and of course crashing. We have over 50 NASCAR quotes here for you from across the years and one thing we have learnt is that drivers from the past certainly didn’t have to watch what they say!

We have split these up into sections so you can jump to wherever you need, just have to click the title in the table below and it will take you to the quote section you are looking for. We have also included some of the more eloquent motorsport quotes from other forms of racing as well.

Daytona 500 QuotesNASCAR Track Quotes
NASCAR Driver QuotesDriving a NASCAR Quotes
NASCAR Winning QuotesNASCAR Losing Quotes
NASCAR Crashing QuotesNASCAR and Racing Quotes


With the Daytona being the largest and opening race of the season it seems only fitting we kick off with quotes about the most prestigious of NASCAR races, the Daytona 500.

The Best Daytona 500 Nascar Quotes.

Surely the biggest race of the year has certainly had plenty written and said about it. Here are some of the best quotes about that most famous of NASCAR races the Daytona 500!

“It was the funnest 500 I’ve ever had. Well, probably not 500, more like 300 or 250.”

Danica PatrickOpens in a new tab.

After an accident stopped her race on the 128 lap of Daytona in 2017

“There have been other tracks that have separated the men from the boys. This is the track that will separate the brave from the weak after the boys are gone.”

jimmy thompson

There is no other way to start the season than to win the Daytona 500.

Jimmie johnson

The Daytona 500 is a career-winning race. It defines careers for drivers, crew members, crew chiefs and race teams. It has that power.

Jimmie Johnson

You will rarely get introduced as the two-time Pocono champion. You will certainly be introduced as the two-time Daytona 500 champion.

Michael waltrip

Second place is just the first place loser.

Dale earnhardt

NASCAR and the Daytona 500 are about as American as you can get.

Rick Santorum

The Best Quotes on NASCAR Race Tracks

NASCAR tracksOpens in a new tab. have a special place in NASCAR, every fan has their favourite race and every driver has their favourite, and of course favourite place to get behind the wheel. Dirts tracks, with the barely managed chaos tend to bring out the best quotes

“If I have a love-hate relationship with Martinsville, then we’re missing the love part of the equation.”tony stewart

“Can’t [expletive] see anything, man!”

Corey Lajoie

( about a Bristol dirt race unsurprisingly!)

“I’ve been in some sandstorms in Arizona that I could see better than that.”

Alex bowman

Bristol Dirt Track again

Will they let me get out and pee?

Tyler Reddick

Bristol again, we don’t know the answer unfortunately but you can check out here how drivers deal with a call of natureOpens in a new tab. during a race.

Once you’ve raced, you never forget it…and you never get over it.

RICHARD childress

“That’s Talladega. You come into this race almost expecting something like that to happen.”

joey logano

on being involved in a crash at the Talladega Superspeedway.

The Best Quotes on NASCAR Drivers

Although, mostly, a friendly rivalry exists between drivers there are times in the heat of battle where tempers may fray, and emotions get a little better of the drivers. We have kept this section PG rated, there are plenty of great quotes that are not!!

“He ran out of talent about halfway through the corner.”

buddy baker

‘Joey is one of those guys who you could kick in the balls and he’d walk away smiling.’

Brad Keselowski

no idea what the question was that got this answer!

The guy got to beating on my fists with his nose.”

bobby allison

On that first live Daytona race in 1979Opens in a new tab.. When i fight started between Bobby Allison and Carl Yarborough

When you’re racing against guys you don’t like, you don’t give them an extra inch.

kyle busch

The Best Quotes on Driving a NASCAR

Life at 200 miles an hour doesn’t give much time to think, it also means some classic quotes have some out about driving in a NASCAR race!

“I feel like I got a pile of cattle chasing my ass, and I’m pedaling as hard as I can to stay in front of ‘em. I’m looking behind me driving like hell.”

Rusty Wallace

The 600 is survival. It’s NASCAR’s longest race.

robby gordon

“Driving a race car is like dancing with a chainsaw.” 

carl yarborough

not 100% sure how he knows this though!

“Why did I take up racing? I was too lazy to work and too chicken to steal.”

kyle petty

On why he became a race car driver.Opens in a new tab.

“Drive it like you stole it, homie,”

Chad Knaus

“It’s basically the same, just darker,”

Alan Kulwicki

On driving on Saturday night or Sunday afternoon – he was right too!

 “I think an intoxicated orangutan could do what I just did.”

Michael waltrip

On qualifying for a raceOpens in a new tab., we would like to see this happen in a race!

“I get around that race car, I completely change. The focus changes. The competitive juices get flowing.”

denny hamlin

The Best Quotes on NASCAR Wins

There is only one acceptable outcome in the mind of a NASCAR driver. 1st place is all. We had to include the Ricky Bobby quote of course.

“The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car; it’s the one who refuses to lose.”

Dale EarnHardt

If you ain’t first you’re last

Ricky bobby

“When I was three years old, I had race-car wallpaper, a race-car bed, race-car toys. That was all I wanted. And nothing has changed. Except now I have a race-car!”

joey logano

“You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.”

ayrton senna

“Once you’re a NASCAR champion, you're kind of in another elite division instead of just being a competitor or a race winner.”

kyle busch

“No one wants to quit when he’s losing, and no one wants to quit when he’s winning.”

Richard petty

The Best Quotes on Losing in NASCAR

Not something any racing car driver wants to experience but 40 cars in the race and only one winner gives a whole lot of drivers opportunity to think about what went wrong and what they could do differently once they lose a race. Below are some of the best NASCAR quotes on losing.

“We had the wrong gear, wrong springs, wrong shocks and wrong car. We had the right beer, but other than that, we got stomped.”

sterling martin

What’s behind you doesn’t matter.

Enzo ferrari

“Nobody remembers the guy who finished second, but the guy who finished second.”

bobby unser

“In auto racing you win some, lose some, and wreck some.”

dale earnhardt

You can’t fix stupid

larry morgan

Legendary Hot rod driver

Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track, and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey, and you go to jail.

Junior johnson

Looking back to the roots of NASCAR.

The Best Quotes on NASCAR Crashes

NASCAR, more than any other form of motorsports, has its share of crashes, it has most other racings share as well. it means talking about crashes is a fairly common occurrence in NASCAROpens in a new tab., and with that comes the quotes.

“Man, the wheels ain’t knocked off that car yet. Get out. I gotta go.”

Dale Earnhardt

“The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.”

Mario Andretti.

“I think a race car driver is somebody who is comfortable being behind the wheel of something that’s somewhat out of control.”

Jeff gordon

“When you start thinking too much about wrecks and high speeds, it’s time to quit.”

Glen Wood

“If the lion didn’t bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn’t be exciting.”

DArrell waltrip

There are some people who watch NASCAR for the highly skilled driving – but most people watch it for the crashes.

john oliver

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”

Mario Andretti

I could have ripped the ear off a bear.

austin dillon

Talking about adrenalin in an interview after a HUGE crash at Daytona in 2015.

After the third flip, I lost control…

Don roberts

honourable mention from the drag race community!

“You can tell that you’re in trouble when you feel the air on the back of your neck instead of in your face.” 

Buddy Baker

Quotes on NASCAR and Racing

Quotes don’t just come from the drivers, as funny as some of them are, there has been hundreds of quotes on racing through the years and we have some of the better ones below for you .

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”

Ernest Hemingway

If NASCAR racing gets any more exciting, I may not be able to stand it.

Roger Staubach

NASCAR – everybody thinks redneck, Confederate flags, racists. And I hate it. I hate it because I know NASCAR is so much more.

bubba wallace

If you try to describe NASCAR to anyone, you sound crazy.

Nahnatchka Khan

Americans are very patriotic and they want someone to support. In order to entice more fans, and to allow F1 to compete with Nascar and IndyCar, there needs to be an American driver.

Alexander rossi

You know, I think in Europe NASCAR is not regarded as high as it should.

juan pablo montoya

We agree! hopefully the whelen European series will see some growth in the sport across the pond!

To be a part of NASCAR, to have the name behind me is such a big deal

hallie deegan

Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built.

henry ford

and he would know! he built it!

Final Thoughts

Racing drivers tend to say what they have to say on the track. However now and then especially with communications being live streamed and cameras being everywhere we can get some awesome quotes from NASCAR and racing drivers and it certainly gives us a window into what they are thinking!



Al lifelong Motor Racing Fan, with a particular love of NASCAR and IndyCar racing. Been in and out of cars of varying speeds since i was a child and sharing what i have learnt here.

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