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Full Name:  Darrell Lee Waltrip
Born:  Feburary 5, 1947
Hometown:  Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
Autobiography: DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles with Jade Gurss (2004)

A former NASCAR driver and three-time Winston Cup Champion.  After his racing career he became a racing broadcaster for Fox starting with the 2001 Daytona 500 in which Dale Earnhardt died and his younger brother Michael Waltrip won his first Winston Cup points race.  Known for saying "boogity boogity boogity let's go racing boys!" at the start of each race.


Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Darrell Waltrip page on 1 May 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Darrell Lee Waltrip is an American motorsports analyst, author, national television broadcaster, and former racing driver. He is also a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion (1981, 1982, 1985) and a three-time NASCAR Cup Series runner-up (1979, 1983, 1986). Posting a modern NASCAR series record of 22 top five finishes in 1983 and 21 top five finishes both in 1981 and 1986, Waltrip won 84 NASCAR Cup Series races, including the 1989 Daytona 500, a record five in the Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600) (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989), and a track and Series record for any driver at Bristol Motor Speedway with 12 (seven consecutive from 1981 to 1984). Those victories tie him with Bobby Allison for fourth on the NASCAR's all-time wins list in the Cup Series and place him second to Jeff Gordon for the most wins in NASCAR's modern era. He is ranked second for all-time pole positions with 59, including all-time highs with 35 on short tracks and eight on road courses. Competing in 809 Cup starts over four decades and 29 years (1972–2000), he has scored 271 Top 5's and 390 Top 10's. Winning $19,886,666.00 in posted earnings, he became the first NASCAR driver to be awarded over $10 million in race winnings, more than $26 million in today's currency. Waltrip also holds the all-time track record 67 wins the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, including NASCAR, USAC, ASA, and local Late Model Sportsman NASCAR sanctioned series races. He still holds many NASCAR records, more than a decade after his retirement as an active driver.

He has additionally won 13 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series races, seven American Speed Association (ASA) races, three IROC races, two Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) races, two NASCAR All-American Challenge Series events, two All Pro Racing Association races, and a USAC race. He competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

He has also won many awards in NASCAR. That includes two for NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award (1989, 1990), three for "American Driver of the Year" (1979, 1981, 1982), and "NASCAR's Driver of the Decade" for the 1980s, as well as three for "National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year" (1977, 1981, and 1982), two for "Auto Racing Digest Driver of the Year" (1981 and 1982), the first "Tennessee Professional Athlete of the Year" (1979), one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998, and the Bill France "Award of Excellence" in 2000. He has been inducted in numorous halls of fame, including the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America for 2003 the International Motorsports Hall of Fame for 2005. After being nominated for the inaugural 2010 and 2011 classes, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame's 2012 class.

Waltrip currently serves as a color analyst for Fox Sports alongside Mike Joy, and Jeff Gordon, a columnist at Foxsports.com, and an author. He is the older brother of NASCAR driver and MWR team owner Michael Waltrip.


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Darrell Waltrip 1978 World 600 1978 World 600
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Darrell Waltrip at the 1983 Van Scoy 500 1983 Van Scoy 500
The Junior Johnson owned Pepsi Chevy of Darrell Waltrip finished 2nd in the 1983 Van Scoy 500.
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1985 Darrell Waltrip Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Darrell Waltrip Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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Darrell Waltrip ASA Racing 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 1989 Pontiac Excitement 200 (ASA Racing)
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1989 Darrell Waltrip Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Darrell Waltrip 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Darrell Waltrip at the 1997 Pocono 500 1997 Pocono 500
Jaws. Boogity. 84 wins.
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit 2 Pack - Monogram 6391Darrell Waltrip Combo1:24 scale, #11 1982 Mountain Dew Buick Regal and #11 1983 Pepsi Challenger Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Model Kit - AMT 8043Darrell Waltrip Monte Carlo Stock Car1:25 scale, #11 Pepsi Challenger
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 17Darrell Waltrip#17 Western Auto Chevrolet
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 1901991 Memorable MomentsDarrell Waltrip and Davey Allison at the Bud 500
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 1951991 Memorable MomentsDarrell Waltrip rolls car at the Pepsi 400
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 270Race 7: North WilkesboroFirst Union 400, Darrell Waltrip #17 Western Auto Chevrolet
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 277Race 13: PoconoChampion Spark Plug 500, Darrell Waltrip #17 Western Auto Chevrolet
Model Kit - Monogram 2949Western Auto/AC Delco Chevy Lumina #171:24 scale, Darrell Waltrip, 1993 decals (2949M0340)
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC18Darrell Waltrip#17 Parts America Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC67Screamin' Steel: Darrell Waltrip#17 Parts America Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC101Changin' Gears: Darrell Waltrip#17 Parts America Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC141Truckin': Darrell WaltripBill Sedgwick #17 Sears DieHard Chevrolet C1500
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC150Role Models: Bobby HamiltonDarrell Waltrip


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
24 January 2005NASCAR Media Conference: A Look Back & a Look AheadKurt Busch
Brian France
Kasey Kahne
Mark Martin
Richard Petty
Darrell Waltrip
7 July 2009Michael Waltrip Racing Media ConferenceTy Norris
Bob Susor
Martin Truex, Jr.
Darrell Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
23 May 2010NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyRichard Childress
Rick Hendrick
Darrell Waltrip
11 July 2010Random Lugnuts: 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame NomineesBill Crittenden
20 January 2012NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Darrell WaltripJeff Hammond
Darrell Waltrip
20 January 2012NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Darrell WaltripDarrell Waltrip


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