Waltrip’s rise to the top of NASCAR is the prototypical story: Talented nobody from nowhere claws his way to the top, feuding with every big name in the sport along the way. He earned the nickname 'Jaws' because he never stopped talking, usually about how good he was compared to everybody else.
Now a broadcaster, he has toned it down … but only slightly. He had rivalries with Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Cale Yarborough. All of them, plus Waltrip, are now in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame.