- Nicknamed "Jaws" for his agressive style and outspoken manner.
- Substituted for host Ralph Emery in the '80s and '90s on the Nashville Network's Nashville Now.
- Won 84 NASCAR Winston Cup races (third all-time entering 2007) from 1975 to 1992, specializing in short-track races, including 12 wins at tiny Bristol Motor Speedway.
- Served as a presenter twice alongside Kathy Trocolli for the Gospel Music Association Music Awards.
- Developed the signature phrase "Boogity, boogity, boogity" for the start of races he broadcasts.
- Penned the 2004 autobiography DW: A Life Going Around in Circles.
- Nominated for a 2006 Sports Emmy in the category of Outstanding Event Analyst.