One of NASCAR's top drivers in the late 1970s and '80s, he won 18 races, finishing nearly half the time in the Top Ten.
He began as a protege of Bobby Allison and later became part of the famous Alabama Gang.
A 1990 crash at the the Darlington International Speedway in South Carolina nearly sidelined him for good, but he made a comeback and continued racing.
He had a son and a daughter with his wife Susan.
He made an appearance in the 1990 film Days of Thunder, starring Tom Cruise.