Dale was great and carried NASCAR in the greatest era of growth. He had a personality and he was villain and hero all in one.
Dale came up the hard way unlike many drivers today. He had to win to eat and never gave that style up. He was not afraid to speak upon to Bill Jr if he did something dumb too.
Richard was good in his era but he always had the best cars and team too. Dale did not always have the best car and often made a 10th place car a winning car with his skills.
The best driver of NASCAR though was David Pearson. The Silver Fox never ran the number of races the others did and still holds the record for winning percentage. He not only did it for one but 3 different teams.
I have heard Richard and Dale both say they thought he was the best. The best we will never know was Tim Richmond. He was one of the best to come along ever but his life style killed him.
As for Dale in other series he would have been ok. He knew what he could get away with in NASCAR but he also was at an age where he knew when to pull it in too. The Corvettes were next for him as 2001 was his last year. How I would have loved to have seen him at Lemans.
I talked to Andy Pilgrim at Mid Ohio in 2001. He said he had no doubt he would have been a top driver in IMSA.
I might add we could use a lot more drivers like what we had. Guys that were hungry and maybe a little ruff around the edges. Today they cookie cut marketing approved drivers are a bore.
I used to sit in the 60's to just watch 15 min of a race to see NASCAR. Today with the fake chase and stage format I seldom tune in for the last 15 min. I just realized this year how much I gave up on NASCAR.
Today they are all about trying to fabricate a show, they are also now delving into politics and social issues etc. I just want to watch a race to get away from the world for a couple hours. Now the PC culture has killed this too.