Tim Richmond celebrates in Victory Lane after one of his wins in the Winston Cup series. Richmond was briefly one of the best drivers in NASCAR, winning seven times in the 1986 season alone.
I wrote my column today about Tim Richmond in advance of an excellent ESPN documentary on his life that airs starting tonight at 8. Richmond was one of those guys I wish I had seen race live, but he was before my time. This documentary gives an unvarnished portrayal of Richmond, who was a playboy, an outsider and a natural. He died of AIDS in 1989, at age 34.