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Darrell Lee Waltrip (born February 5, 1947) is an American motorsports analyst, author, national television broadcaster, and former racing driver. He is also a three-time NASCAR
NASCAR
Cup Series champion (1981, 1982, 1985) and a three-time NASCAR
NASCAR
Cup Series runner-up (1979, 1983, 1986). Posting a modern NASCAR
NASCAR
series record of 22 top five finishes in 1983 and 21 top five finishes both in 1981 and 1986, Waltrip won 84 NASCAR
NASCAR
Cup Series races, including the 1989 Daytona 500, a record five in the Coca-Cola 600
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
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
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 at the Fairgrounds Speedway
Fairgrounds Speedway
in Nashville, Tennessee, including NASCAR, USAC, ASA, and local Late Model Sportsman NASCAR
NASCAR
sanctioned series races. He still holds many NASCAR
NASCAR
records, more than a decade after his retirement as an active driver. He has additionally won 13 NASCAR
NASCAR
Busch Grand National Series races, seven American Speed Association (ASA) races, three IROC races, two Automobile Racing Club of America
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
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
Motorsports
Hall of Fame for 2005. After being nominated for the inaugural 2010 and 2011 classes, he was inducted into the NASCAR
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 former NASCAR
NASCAR
driver and the now defunct MWR team owner Michael Waltrip.

Contents

1 Early years 2 NASCAR
NASCAR
career

2.1 Early years in NASCAR: 1972–1975 2.2 DiGard years: 1975–1980 2.3 Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
years: 1981–1986 2.4 Hendrick Motorsports
Motorsports
years: 1987–1990 2.5 Owner/driver years: 1991-mid 1998

3 1998 mid season with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 4 Final years of racing: 1998–2000 5 Craftsman Truck Series 6 Broadcast career: 2001–present 7 Currently 8 Legacy 9 Media appearances

9.1 Film and television 9.2 Books and magazines

10 Motorsports
Motorsports
career results

10.1 NASCAR

10.1.1 Winston Cup Series

10.1.1.1 Daytona 500

10.1.2 Busch Series 10.1.3 Craftsman Truck Series

10.2 International Race of Champions

11 See also 12 References 13 External links

Early years[edit]

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Waltrip was born on February 5, 1947 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Starting his driving career in Go-karts at age 12, Waltrip entered his first stock car race just four years later. Waltrip and his father built a 1936 Chevrolet
Chevrolet
coupe and headed to a local dirt track near their Owensboro home. The first night out was far from a success as the youngster, barely old enough to drive on the street, slammed the wall and heavily damaged the coupe. Waltrip soon left the dirt and found his niche on asphalt where the smoothness he learned in the karts proved a valuable asset. He was an early racer at the Kentucky Motor Speedway
Kentucky Motor Speedway
(an asphalt track in Whitesville) and Ellis Raceway, a dirt track on US Highway 60 west in Daviess County (Ellis Raceway is now closed), driving a car called "Big 100" built by Harry Pedley, owner of Pedley's Garage, on West Second Street, in Owensboro and sponsored by R.C. Bratcher Radiator and Welding Co. His success gained the attention of Nashville owner/driver P. B. Crowell, who urged Waltrip to move to the area to race at the Fairgrounds Speedway, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, where he would win two track championships, in 1970, and 1973. Waltrip drove the #48 P. B. Crowell owned Ford
Ford
sponsored by American Home, in Nashville, where he aggressively promoted the week's race when he appeared on a local television program promoting the speedway's races, and was not afraid to embrace the local media when other competitors were reluctant to do so. Some of the notorious "on air" trash-talking included making fun of some of the other local drivers such as Coo Coo Marlin (whose son Sterling later raced at the circuit and is a two-time Daytona 500
Daytona 500
winner) and James "Flookie" Buford, whose nickname he would mock on air. It pleased track management that he was helping sell tickets, leading to packed grandstands and extra paychecks from track operators for his promotional skills. He became friends with WSM radio host Ralph Emery in his early years, forming a bond which would be influential throughout his career, as Waltrip would appear frequently on Emery's early morning television show on local Nashville
Nashville
television station, WSMV, and later substitute for Emery in the 1980s on Emery's television show, Nashville
Nashville
Now on the former TNN cable network (later, Spike TV). Waltrip would use the success he enjoyed at the Music City Motorplex, and his notoriety and public speaking skills that he acquired from television appearances in Nashville, as a springboard into NASCAR's big leagues. He became a Christian in 1983 but it was years later before God came first in his life.[1] One of the charities he supports is the Motor Racing Outreach (MRO)[2] providing spiritual support to racers and their families. NASCAR
NASCAR
career[edit] Early years in NASCAR: 1972–1975[edit] Waltrip started in NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup, NASCAR's top racing series at age 25, (25 years, 3 months, 2 days), on May 7, 1972, at the 1972 Winston 500, at Talladega, Alabama, the series' fastest and longest track at 2.66 miles, (4.281 kilometers), driving a 1969 Mercury Cyclone he purchased from Holman Moody, originally the Ford
Ford
Fairlane driven by Mario Andretti
Mario Andretti
to victory in the 1967 Daytona 500. Waltrip finished 38th in his first NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup race after retiring on lap 69 due to engine failure. Waltrip paid $12,500 for the car, a spare engine and some spare parts and drove it in 5 cup series events until mid-1973. The car was converted from the Ford
Ford
Fairlane Andretti drove, to a 1969 Mercury Cyclone as driven by Waltrip, and later converted to a 1971 Mercury Cyclone. The car was sponsored by Terminal Transport of Owensboro, Kentucky, Waltrip's first major sponsor. Waltrip still owns the car today as part of a collection of cars he has raced and is one of his favorites. The early years found Waltrip competing against legendary stock car racers such as Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, and Bobby Allison, among others. Waltrip soon earned the respect of his more experienced peers. He was given the #95 as a number but Waltrip preferred car #17 because his hero, David Pearson, had success with the number in earlier years. As an owner/driver, Waltrip ran 5 races in 1972, 14 races in 1973, 16 races in 1974, with 7 top-five finishes, and 17 races as an owner/driver in 1975, with his first Winston Cup victory coming at his home track, May 10, 1975, at age 28, (28 years, 3 months, 5 days), in the Music City 420, outpacing the field by two laps at the track where he had won 2 track championships in Nashville, Tennessee, in the #17 Terminal Transport Chevrolet, a car Waltrip owned. During the 1973 season, Waltrip drove 5 NASCAR
NASCAR
Cup races for Bud Moore Engineering. DiGard years: 1975–1980[edit]

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Waltrip in 1979

Except for five races in 1973, driving for Bud Moore Engineering, Waltrip primarily drove his own cars at the beginning of his NASCAR career until the middle of the 1975 Winston Cup season when he was signed to a multi-year contract and replaced driver Donnie Allison to drive the #88 DiGard Chevrolet, Waltrip's long-awaited jump into the big leagues of United States stock car auto racing. The DiGard racing team was founded in part by Mike DiProspero and Bill Gardner, who were brothers-in-law, with the legendary Robert Yates as engine builder. Waltrip's first race with DiGard came on August 17, 1975, at the Talladega 500, Talladega Superspeedway, in Talladega, Alabama, finishing 42nd after experiencing engine failure. Waltrip would compete in ten more races in the 1975 season for DiGard, sponsored by Terminal Transport, and get his second career NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup victory October 12, 1975, in the Capital City 500, in Richmond, Virginia. He would post three top-five and four top-ten finishes in the 11 races he ran for DiGard in 1975.

DiGard Gatorade
Gatorade
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Monte Carlo that Waltrip drove to victory in the 1978 World 600, Concord, NC, May 28, 1978

During the late 1970s, Waltrip would begin his domination of NASCAR's short track venues, especially at the Bristol International Speedway (Bristol, Tennessee), Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville Speedway
(Martinsville, Virginia) and the Music City Motorplex
Music City Motorplex
(Nashville). He holds the track record at Bristol International Speedway, for wins with 12 victories, and for pole positions at Martinsville Speedway, with 8 pole position awards. In 1976, Gatorade
Gatorade
became Waltrip's primary sponsor as he started his first full race season at age 29, driving the DiGard Gatorade Chevrolet. Waltrip won only one NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup race in 1976, the Virginia 500, at Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville Speedway
in Ridgeway, Virginia, but in 1977 and 1978, working with legendary NASCAR
NASCAR
crew chief Buddy Parrott, he won six times each year, including his first of four career victories at the Talladega Superspeedway, in Talladega, AL, on May 1, 1977, and his first of a five career victories in the series' longest race, a grueling 600 mile race, the Coca-Cola 600
Coca-Cola 600
(formerly the World 600), May 28, 1978. Waltrip, and Parrott, would win 21 NASCAR
NASCAR
races together from 1977 through 1980. In perhaps the most famous and most well known NASCAR
NASCAR
race, the 1979 Daytona 500, held February 18, 1979, a race that Richard Petty
Richard Petty
won, Waltrip was a pre-race favorite to win the race. As the first NASCAR race covered "flag to flag" on national television, Cale Yarborough, and Donnie Allison, while battling for the lead on the last lap, came together and crashed hard, taking each other out, in the third turn. While the Allison and Yarborough cars were spinning and coming to rest in the grassy infield, attention turned quickly to the new leaders, Richard Petty
Richard Petty
running third, and Waltrip, running closely behind in fourth, as a fist fight ensued between Yarborough, Donnie Allison, and his brother and racer, Bobby Allison, in the turn three grass. Earlier in the race, Waltrip's DiGard Gatorade
Gatorade
Oldsmobile, dropped a cylinder and while able to hang onto the slipstream of the Petty car on the final lap, was not able to draft past the Petty car in the fourth turn on the final lap due to the reduction in horsepower. Still, Waltrip finished runner-up in perhaps the most famous race in NASCAR
NASCAR
history, and was an early turning point in Waltrip's career. The 1979 Daytona 500
Daytona 500
would be an early season precursor for the remaining nine months of the racing season. Waltrip and Petty would engage in a bitter battle, race after race, for the 1979 NASCAR championship. In that 1979 season, Waltrip won seven NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup races and was a serious contender for what would have been his first NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Championship despite numerous engine failures, mechanical problems, and differences with DiGard management. On September 23, 1979, after winning pole position and leading 184 laps at the Old Dominion 500, at Martinsville, Virginia, Waltrip again experienced engine failure. The DiGard team pitted the car and made a rare mid-race engine change in a record 11 minutes. Waltrip lost 29 laps in the pits but was able to finish 11th, as Petty finished 2nd. At the start of the final race of the season, the Los Angeles Times 500, at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, California, Waltrip led Richard Petty
Richard Petty
by a scant 2 points in the year-long championship battle after finishing the race 5th ahead of Petty's 6th-place finish in the previous race, the Dixie 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, November 4, 1979. However, Petty won an unprecedented seventh, and his final, NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Championship by finishing the final race of the season in 5th position, as Waltrip finished 8th. The final margin of Petty's Championship victory over Waltrip was only 11 points, the third-closest points race in NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup history. Waltrip closed out the 1970s driving the #88 DiGard Chevrolet, sponsored by Gatorade, ranked NASCAR's #2 driver, having won 22 NASCAR Winston Cup races in just 149 race starts. His aggressive driving style and outspoken demeanor earned him the nickname "Jaws", a reference to the 1975 film about a killer shark. The nickname was given to Waltrip by rival Cale Yarborough
Cale Yarborough
in an interview after Waltrip crashed Yarborough out of a race. Waltrip himself preferred the nicknames "D.W." or "D-Dubya" but he acknowledged Yarborough by displaying an inflatable toy shark in his pit at the next race.

Darrell Waltrip, discussing his 5th-place finish and prospects for winning his first NASCAR
NASCAR
driving championship after the Dixie 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, November 4, 1979, driving his DiGard Gatorade Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Monte Carlo

At the height of his NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup success in the early 1980s, fans often booed Waltrip, in large part because of his success on the track defeating more established drivers with large fan followings, but also because of his open criticism of NASCAR, his aggressive "take no prisoners", "win at all costs" approach to driving, and his public attempt to be released from his driving contract with DiGard in 1980, a year in which Waltrip won five NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup races. Still, Waltrip had a huge and devoted fan following. It was often said by race commentators and sports columnists that "you either hate him or love him". It was Waltrip's rival Cale Yarborough, driver for legendary owner Junior Johnson, that privately told Waltrip that he intended to cut back on his racing appearances and leave Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
& Associates team at the end of the 1980 season, opening the position for Waltrip, but only if Waltrip could successfully negotiate an early termination of his contract with DiGard. Waltrip successfully negotiated his exit from DiGard, and would take over the No. 11 for 1981 Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
years: 1981–1986[edit]

1983 Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
Pepsi Challenger Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Monte Carlo SS. The paint scheme also found its way on a Nimrod Racing Aston Martin Waltrip drove in the 1983 24 Hours of Daytona.

Waltrip's success driving the Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
prepared cars came immediately and even surpassed the highly successful years he had with DiGard. In his first two years as driver for the Mountain Dew sponsored, Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
prepared Buick
Buick
Regal, Waltrip won 12 races each year,[3] 14 pole positions in each year, and his first two NASCAR Winston Cup Championships, in 1981 and 1982. Waltrip's success and driving prowess helped to bring the Buick Grand National
Buick Grand National
into prominence, since he drove a Regal (whose platform spawned the Grand National) during his years of sponsorship by Mountain Dew. The company later honored the Waltrip years with throwback paint schemes, once in 2006 and again in 2008. It was during the early 1980s, with Junior Johnson, that Waltrip first worked with Jeff Hammond, a pit crewman for Johnson. Hammond was at first skeptical of Waltrip's driving style since it differed so much from the former driver for whom he worked, Cale Yarborough. Yarborough made adjustments to his driving based on the handling of the car in a particular race whereas Waltrip wanted the car adjusted around his driving style. Hammond eventually came to appreciate Waltrip's "finesse", and smooth driving style which proved highly successful. Waltrip and Hammond would benefit from each other's knowledge and abilities and would work together for most of their careers in the sport. Waltrip and Hammond work together, even today, as broadcaster and analyst at Fox Sports, and Speed TV. Waltrip's first season with Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
was a huge success. He won 12 races including big races such as the Southern 500, the Food City 500, and the Riverside 400 event. He almost set a win record at Talladega for his 1981 season (winning the big races) by nearly winning the Talladega 500. On the final lap rookie Ron Bouchard
Ron Bouchard
dove under Waltrip and Terry Labonte
Terry Labonte
to take the lead. Bouchard beat Waltrip by a foot in a 3-wide drag race in what has been called the biggest upset in NASCAR
NASCAR
history. Waltrip reportedly said "Where the hell did he come from?" in an interview. Waltrip also stated in a post-race conference that part of the reason he lost the race was because he thought Bouchard was a lap down and therefore did not block Bouchard. He ended 1981 with 11 poles, 12 wins, 21 top fives, and 25 top tens. Four of his 12 wins were consecutive. Not only did Waltrip win 12 races, he also won the Winston Cup championship against nemesis Bobby Allison by over 72 points. In 1982, Waltrip won 12 races and basically repeated his 1981 season. He won the Winston Cup championship again against Bobby Allison. At the 1983 Daytona 500
Daytona 500
at Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway
on February 20, 1983, Waltrip, a pre-race favorite to win the race, drove the Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
prepared 1983 Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Monte Carlo SS Pepsi Challenger. He was involved in an accident when his car spun on lap 64, at exit of turn 4, at nearly 200 mph (320 km/h), as he was making an evasive maneuver to avoid rear-ending a much slower car ahead of him. Waltrip locked his brakes but the car slid for several hundred feet, then struck an earthen embankment near the entrance to pit road. The force of the impact was so violent that Waltrip's car was thrown back onto the track, in front of oncoming traffic. Waltrip then made hard contact with the outside concrete retaining wall once again into oncoming traffic. Cale Yarborough, the eventual winner of the race, barely avoided hitting the demolished Pepsi Challenger. Waltrip suffered a concussion and was taken by ambulance to the Halifax Medical Center for observation and medical treatment. The crash was a wake-up call and a life-changing event for Waltrip. When he heard drivers and fans joking that the crash would "knock him sane" or "finally shut him up", he realized for the first time how unpopular he was and resolved to clean up his image. The years following that crash would see a different Darrell Waltrip, one who worked hard to repair and rebuild his relationship with fans and fellow drivers. Years later, Waltrip would be voted (by NASCAR
NASCAR
fans) "Most Popular Driver", two years in a row, (1989, 1990).

1985 Budweiser Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Monte Carlo owned by Junior Johnson, and driven by Waltrip to the 1985 NASCAR
NASCAR
driving championship

Waltrip would continue his unprecedented success driving for Junior Johnson through the 1986 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup season, winning his third NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Championship, in 1985, winning the inaugural all-star race, The Winston, in 1985, and compiling 43 additional wins. However, Waltrip was quick to recognize the new and rapid expansion of the sport's popularity, evolving and expanding interest in NASCAR, even among housewives, teens and young adults, and others never before considered NASCAR
NASCAR
fans, all primarily due to increasing national network and cable subscription television which televised almost every NASCAR
NASCAR
event live, and the growing interest of new family oriented sponsors never before associated with motorsports. NASCAR
NASCAR
was becoming a multi-regional, multi-racial, and multi-national and multi-cultural sport enjoyed by men, women and children alike. In addition to the huge influx of money from new sponsors and television, the more astute NASCAR
NASCAR
team owners immediately embraced new resources, such as computers, telemetry, research and development, multi-car teams for information sharing, wind-tunnel testing, and the procurement of aerodynamicist, computer modelers, and structural engineers. Waltrip, now one of two drivers for Johnson, was quick to envision the future of NASCAR
NASCAR
and sought to take advantage of the coming changes, something his car owner, Junior Johnson, although a pioneer of the sport, was somewhat reluctant to embrace. Afterall, Johnson had enjoyed success for decades and won numerous races and championships spanning decades using his own formulas for success. Well aware of Junior Johnson's long-standing, steadfast rule of never discussing an adjustment to a driver's contractual salary, and never really comformfortable with the allocation of resources that Johnson's two car team required, Waltrip approached Johnson about an increase in his contract salary. Although the story, as told by Waltrip, is most likely fokelore, Waltrip drove his final race for Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
on November 16, 1986, in a Chevrolet
Chevrolet
sponsored by Budweiser, finishing 4th, at that year's Winston Western 500
Winston Western 500
at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California, completing one of the most successful owner/driver partnerships in all of motorsports history. Waltrip and Johnson remain close friends and have huge respect for each other as driver and owner and pioneers of the sport. Hendrick Motorsports
Motorsports
years: 1987–1990[edit]

1989 Hendrick Motorsports
Motorsports
Tide Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Lumina

Waltrip's partnership with car owner Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
led to huge success with three national championships and 43 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup wins. The connection between fast cars and alcohol consumption became a concern for him. He began to seek other opportunities after a conversation with his friend and pastor Cortez Cooper. Johnson had signed Budweiser to be his team's primary sponsor in 1984, which unintentionally made Waltrip one of the faces of the connection he was so concerned about. Years before, Waltrip had opened a Honda
Honda
dealership in his home town of Franklin, Tennessee, with the help of his friend, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. During the 1986 season, Waltrip and Hendrick discussed the possibility of Waltrip joining the Hendrick organization, which fielded cars for Geoff Bodine
Geoff Bodine
and Tim Richmond
Tim Richmond
and the two discussed the potential of Waltrip moving to a new team. Waltrip was still under contract with Johnson for the 1986 season, but following the year he was able to break the contract in a unique way. As he recounted in an interview for the Fox Sports Net series Beyond the Glory in 2001,[4] Waltrip gained his release by purposely breaking one of Johnson's cardinal rules: asking for a raise (Johnson forbade his drivers from discussing money matters, including raises, with him). After signing, Hendrick formed a third team for Waltrip, carrying the #17 and sponsorsed by Tide. In 1987, his first year with Hendrick Motorsports, Waltrip had limited success, compared to his previous years with Johnson. He won only one race (at the Goody's 500) and had six Top 5 finishes. In 1988, he won two races, including his fourth Coca-Cola 600
Coca-Cola 600
(formerly World 600) win. In the first race of 1989, the Daytona 500, Waltrip won the race for the first time in his 17th attempt with a fuel conservation strategy along with his long-time crew-chief Jeff Hammond, making his final pit stop for fuel a distant 53 laps (132 miles) from the finish. Most of the other cars could run no more than 45 or 46 laps on a tank of fuel, so that meant Waltrip would need to feather the throttle and "draft" off other cars in order to save enough fuel to make it to the finish without an additional pit stop. Hammond, interviewed by television pit reporters during the final stint of the race, said that his strategy was for Waltrip to "draft off anybody, and everybody", to save fuel. Even though Waltrip's car ran much slower than other cars in the last 53 laps, he was able to avoid making the additional pit stop for fuel that the other cars had to make. The strategy provided Waltrip with the track position needed to win the race. His post-race interview with CBS pit reporter Mike Joy, became famous, with Waltrip shouting "I won the Daytona 500! I won the Daytona 500! Wait, this is the Daytona 500
Daytona 500
ain't it? ...Thank God!", accompanied by the "Ickey Shuffle" dance in Victory Lane. Later, after the Daytona 500
Daytona 500
win, Waltrip visited president George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
at the white House in Washington, D.C. Waltrip's popularity as a driver would come full circle on the evening of The Winston, a NASCAR
NASCAR
allstar racing event held May 21, 1989, (an event that did not award points toward the NASCAR
NASCAR
national championship), at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On the final lap, Waltrip was leading the race and poised to win when Rusty Wallace
Rusty Wallace
hit Waltrip's car exiting the 4th turn and spun Waltrip into the infield, costing him the victory and the $200,000 purse. Not only was Waltrip and his crew upset at being knocked out of the victory, the 150,000 fans watching the race issued boos to Wallace, the winner. The two crews scuffled in the pits and harsh words were said after the race. Waltrip was quoted after the race as saying "I hope he chokes on it", referring to the $200,000 that Wallace collected for the victory. Waltrip's car was clearly superior to that of Wallace and, had it not been for the contact initiated by Wallace on the final lap, Waltrip would have won the all-star event. During the 1989, and 1990 seasons, Waltrip was voted NASCAR's Most Popular Driver by fans. Waltrip would win 6 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup races in 1989, his best year with Hendrick Motorsports, and helped develop NASCAR's version of the new Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Lumina in 1989, and delivered its first victory by winning a historic and unprecedented fifth Coca-Cola 600
Coca-Cola 600
(formerly the World 600), that May. Besides establishing a race record for victories, the win prepared him for a chance to win the one remaining "major race" which had eluded him since his first race at the Heinz Southern 500
Southern 500
at Darlington. A Darlington victory would award him a one million dollar bonus for winning three of the sport's four majors in the same season, the Daytona 500, the Winston 500, Coca-Cola 600, and the Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew
Southern 500. The pressure of both the million dollar bonus and Career Grand Slam adversely affected Waltrip. He made contact with the wall early in the 1989 Southern 500
Southern 500
and was never a contender for winning the race, and the million dollar bonus. For many reasons, Waltrip was unable to carry his success of the previous year into 1990. Waltrip failed to visit victory lane all season although he actually won a NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup race for which he is officially posted as finishing 2nd. The win came April 22, 1990, in the First Union 400, at North Wilkesboro Speedway
North Wilkesboro Speedway
in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in his final year with Hendrick Motorsports. 1990 was the first year since 1974, that Waltrip did not win a race. Brett Bodine was credited with the official victory, although NASCAR, and even Larry McReynolds, the crew chief at the time for Brett Bodine, later admitted to Waltrip, that Bodine did not actually win the race. Jeff Hammond, Waltrip's crew chief, appealed to NASCAR
NASCAR
officials to correct what was clearly an error in NASCAR's scoring of the event. Waltrip even protested to NASCAR
NASCAR
head Bill France, Jr.. Although France knew that a scoring error had been made, Bodine, had already been declared the race winner. According to Waltrip, France, told him to "leave that boy alone, D.W., that's his first win and you are going to win a lot more races." The controversy was the result of a scoring error on the part of NASCAR
NASCAR
when the pace car collected the wrong car after a caution flag. NASCAR
NASCAR
spent 18 laps under caution attempting to determine the true race leader. This was before the current computerized timing and scoring technology that is now used. Bodine, who actually finished the race on the tail end of the lead lap, almost a full lap behind Waltrip, was officially credited with the win, the only victory of his career. While practicing for his 500th career NASCAR
NASCAR
start in the Pepsi 400, at the Daytona International Speedway, Waltrip's car spun in oil laid down by another car experiencing engine failure, and was hit by an oncoming car driven by Dave Marcis. Waltrip suffered a broken arm, a broken leg, and a concussion. He missed the Pepsi 400, but came back to run one lap at Pocono, before giving way to Jimmy Horton
Jimmy Horton
as a relief driver. (A driver who starts, and completes one lap, is credited the NASCAR
NASCAR
points regardless of who is driving the car at the finish). Despite missing the next five races due to his injuries, Waltrip finished 20th in driver points and the team finished 5th in owner points with substitute drivers taking turns in the car — Greg Sacks' second-place finish at Michigan, in August, was the best finish of the team's season. The Jeff Hammond-led team scored only one DNF for the season, when Sarel van der Merwe crashed late in the race at Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International
Speedway, a roadcourse in Watkins Glen, NY. Owner/driver years: 1991-mid 1998[edit]

Waltrip in the pits during the 1994 Brickyard 400.

After his 4th season as driver for Hendrick Motorsports, Waltrip formed his own team to field cars in the 1991 NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup season. Driving his own cars had been his passion since he successfully drove his own cars in his early NASCAR
NASCAR
career in the early and mid-'70s. He would continue his relationship with Chevrolet and drive a Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Lumina with Western Auto
Western Auto
as the primary team sponsor. Waltrip purchased team assets, including the racing facilities, from his former owner Rick Hendrick
Rick Hendrick
in Charlotte, North Carolina, and hired long-time friend and crew chief, Jeff Hammond, to oversee the building of race cars and to continue as crew chief. Waltrip and Hammond enjoyed much success together as Hammond had been with Waltrip during the championship winning years with Junior Johnson, and most of the Hendrick Motorsports
Motorsports
years, and was Waltrip's crew chief for his 1989 Daytona 500
1989 Daytona 500
win and 3 of his 5 Coca-Cola 600 wins. In the 1991 season, Waltrip visited victory lane twice, his first win in his second stint as owner/driver coming in only the 7th race of the season on April 21, 1991, in the First Union 400, at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. His second win of the year came in the 13th race of the season on June 16, 1991, in the Champion Spark Plug 500, at Pocono Raceway, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Just two races after celebrating his second win of 1991, Waltrip would again be involved in another serious crash, again at the Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida. It came after completing the 119th of 160 laps on the 2.5 mile superspeedway. Waltrip and driver Alan Kulwicki
Alan Kulwicki
were racing side by side, leading a large grouping of cars, battling for 5th position. The car drafting Alan Kulwicki
Alan Kulwicki
bumped the Kulwicki car, causing his car to hit Waltrip's Western Auto
Western Auto
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
at speeds approaching 200 mph on the long backstretch. Waltrip's car slowed and was collected by driver Joe Ruttman's car, both cars sliding sideways several hundred feet on the grassy infield. The tires of Waltrip's car clipped the edge of an access road causing it to become airborne and tumbling end over end several times before coming to a stop, up-side down, in a grassy area near turn 3. Waltrip was extricated and only suffered minor injuries but many feared that he could have re-injured his shattered leg from the crash at the same track the previous year. (Slow-motion video and still photography showed that Waltrip's left arm was outside the car as the car tumbled, and came to rest.) Waltrip still had a plate in his left leg from the compound fractures he suffered in the earlier crash at the Pepsi 400, at the Daytona International Speedway, (Waltrip commented on a January 10, 2013, SPEED Television broadcast of the Daytona NASCAR
NASCAR
winter testing, that he had spent more time in the hospital from injuries suffered at the Daytona Speedway, than at any other track he had raced). Waltrip would compete in the following race, the summer race at the Pocono Raceway, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, but was crashed again when driver Ernie Irvan
Ernie Irvan
spun driver Hut Stricklin, in front of almost the entire field. Waltrip won the year's spring race at the track just 5 weeks before. Waltrip finished the first year of his second stint as owner/driver 8th in the overall NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup points championship, after being as high as 3rd place after 14 races. His first year was generally viewed as a successful first year outing. However, Waltrip was now 44 years old, had children, and had many pressures as owner/driver that he did not concern himself with driving for multimillion-dollar, highly financed race teams, such as Hendrick Motorsports. In 1992, Waltrip collected three more wins, including the Mountain Dew Southern 500, a race held at Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway
in Darlington, South Carolina, United States, September 6, 1992, (the last major race which had eluded his 20-year career), and finished 9th in points, after being as high as 6th after 22 races. That would be Waltrip's 84th, and final NASCAR
NASCAR
career victory, tying him with Bobby Allison
Bobby Allison
for what was then third on the all-time list, behind Richard Petty, with 200 wins, and David Pearson, with 105 wins. Both he and Allison have since been passed by Jeff Gordon, who has 93 wins by the time he retired at the end of the 2015 season. In 1993, Waltrip signed former Richard Childress Racing
Richard Childress Racing
engine builder Lou LaRosa, to build engines, and Barry Dodson, a former championship winning crew chief. He posted four top ten finishes, but did not finish higher than third. 1994 saw him make his final appearance in the top ten in championship points by finishing 9th. He had a then unprecedented streak over two seasons, of 40 races, without a DNF, all with in-house engines. His only engine failure in the season was after the car crossed the finish line. Waltrip finished 19th in points in 1995 when he crashed at The Winston, and was forced to let relief drivers take over for several weeks. His second half of the season was highlighted by his final career pole position at the NAPA 500.

Waltrip in his 1997 Western Auto
Western Auto
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Monte Carlo.

In 1996, Waltrip posted two top-ten finishes. Western Auto
Western Auto
remained the sponsor as part of Waltrip's 25th anniversary celebration. While the year was one of Waltrip's most profitable, his results continued to fall off. At the 1997 UAW-GM Quality 500, Waltrip failed to qualify for the first time in over 20 years as Terry Labonte
Terry Labonte
also failed to make the race. Because Labonte was a more recent Cup champion (in fact, he was the defending Cup champion that season), he was able to take the past champion's provisional. Waltrip, who was 20th in owner points, was too low in the owner points position to make the race (only the top four in owner points of cars not in the field, excluding the most recent former champion not in the field, were added after qualifying under 1997 rules). After the season, Waltrip and his team were struggling to find sponsors, but were able to put together a last-minute deal with the Ohio-based company Speedblock for 1998. Speedblock only paid portions of what was promised, and the deal was canceled. Waltrip's team at this point was nearly insolvent, and he sold the team to Tim Beverly. 1998 mid season with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.[edit] Beverly chose not to race the team immediately, instead choosing to rebuild the team (now part of Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
after two sales and a merger). During this time, Waltrip signed with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to drive the #1 Pennzoil
Pennzoil
Chevy, filling in for injured rookie Steve Park. During his tenure with DEI, Waltrip posted a fifth-place finish at the California 500, and led in the final stages of the Pocono 500 and finished sixth. In 2008, Waltrip admitted the reason that he failed as a driver-owner team was because he thought like a driver, not as an owner. Final years of racing: 1998–2000[edit] At the 1998 Brickyard 400, Beverly returned Waltrip's former team as the #35 Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Monte Carlo with Tabasco sponsorship with Waltrip driving. A sponsorship conflict with Tabasco would switch the team to the Pontiac
Pontiac
Grand Prix. Waltrip resigned at the end of the season, citing performance issues. After a brief flirtation with retirement, Waltrip signed to drive the #66 Big K Ford Taurus
Ford Taurus
for Haas-Carter Motorsports, and teammate with Jimmy Spencer. Waltrip failed to qualify seven times during that season with a new qualifying rule for the Past Champion's Provisional. On August 5, 1999, Waltrip announced during the practice session for the Brickyard 400
Brickyard 400
that he was to retire from NASCAR
NASCAR
at the end of the 2000 season following a farewell tour. During his retirement year of 2000, Waltrip's best run came at the Brickyard 400, where he qualified on the outside pole and finished eleventh. His final race came November 19, 2000, in the Napa 500, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he posted a 34th-place finish in the Haas-Carter Motorsports
Motorsports
owned #66 Route66 Big K Ford
Ford
Taurus. He finished 36th in points that season. Craftsman Truck Series[edit] Main article: Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports In 1995, Waltrip built a Craftsman Truck Series
Craftsman Truck Series
team, and found success by 1997, when Rich Bickle, finished second in overall season standings winning three races, and made Waltrip one of the few car owners to have won races in NASCAR's three national series. When Sears ceased sponsorship of the team in 1997, Waltrip suspended his truck team, not returning until 2004, when he re-entered the series as an owner and part of Toyota's NASCAR
NASCAR
development program. Broadcast career: 2001–present[edit] After his 2000 retirement, Waltrip signed with Fox, to be lead NASCAR analyst and race commentator on the network's NASCAR
NASCAR
telecasts, teaming with Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds. Waltrip had previously appeared on several IROC broadcasts for ABC, prior to his signing during the 1999, and 2000 seasons. Waltrip also appeared on many Busch Series races on TNN with Mike Joy, from 1994 to 1998, on weekends when Winston Cup was not participating. Waltrip began his career with Fox, in the 2001 Daytona 500. His younger brother, Michael Waltrip, won the race, but Michael's victory was overshadowed by the death of Dale Earnhardt. On the last lap, Earnhardt's car made contact with Sterling Marlin, as the black #3 drifted low on the track, probably attempting a blocking maneuver so that either Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
or Dale Earnhardt, Jr., could win the race. Both cars were fielded by DEI, although Earnhardt (Sr.) himself drove for RCR. After contacting the Marlin car, Earnhardt's car suddenly veered right and slammed hard into the retaining wall in turn four along with Ken Schrader. This was before NASCAR
NASCAR
mandated the use of the HANS device
HANS device
to reduce the risk of catastrophic head and neck injuries, and the "SAFER" (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers used at all NASCAR
NASCAR
tracks today. After the cars of Earnhardt and Schrader came to rest in the infield, Schrader immediately exited his car and went to the attention of Earnhardt. Schrader gestured for the rescue crews to hurry to the Earnhardt car, but Earnhardt had died instantly during the crash. Meanwhile, Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
won the race with Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
shouting for joy as he called the final run to the checkered flag. His joy at his brother's victory soon gave way to concern for Earnhardt as he watched replays of the crash. Waltrip and Earnhardt had been bitter rivals on the track in the 1980s but as the years passed, the rivalry and bitterness had given way to a deep respect and close friendship. After the race, Waltrip was taken from the Fox Broadcast booth to the Halifax Medical Center to meet with the Earnhardt family and his brother Michael. Waltrip later gave the invocation at the Earnhardt funeral and gave the invocation at the following week's race praying for Earnhardt and the promise of moving on from the tragedy. A week after Daytona, Waltrip interviewed NASCAR
NASCAR
President Mike Helton for a pre-race segment during the broadcast at North Carolina Speedway (Rockingham). Waltrip believed that four deaths in the previous ten months, all caused by basilar skull fractures incurred in accidents, were too many, and was not shy about asking Helton for an explanation. Helton's responses irritated Waltrip, who was referred to by one magazine as "acting a lot more like the next Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
(of 60 Minutes) than the next John Madden." As a long-time advocate for motorsports safety, Waltrip then pushed for mandatory head-and-neck restraints, and two weeks later, demonstrated the device during the broadcast at Atlanta Motor Speedway, explaining the benefits and how the device worked. Seven months later, NASCAR
NASCAR
mandated the devices after a crash during an ARCA Re/Max Series race, held after qualifying for the UAW-GM Quality 500, killed driver Blaise Alexander.[5] As the cars take the green flag to start each race, Waltrip shouts "Boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go racing boys and girls!" This somewhat nonsensical phrase has become Waltrip's trademark in recent years. (The phrase "boogity, boogity, boogity" also appears in the 1960 doo wop parody "Who Put the Bomp" by Barry Mann.) Humble Pie
Humble Pie
used the shorter phrase "boogity-boogity" in their 1970 song "Red Light Mama, Red Hot". Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens
used the phrase throughout his 1974 hit, The Streak. Jerry Reed
Jerry Reed
also said this phrase in the 1977 movie "Smokey and the Bandit." Interestingly, Waltrip was featured on a 1992 home video from Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens
entitled the Amazing Rolling Revue. In this home video Waltrip played the part of the out of control driver of the tour bus/rolling venue. Waltrip explained that the catchphrase arose because, as a driver, he grew tired of hearing his spotter or crew chief say "green, green, green" at the start of every race and wanted to hear something more original. The catchphrase had always been preceded by fellow analyst and former crew chief Larry McReynolds telling Waltrip to "reach up there and pull those belts tight one more time!" until recent years, when McReynolds used the phrase less and less and eventually phased it out altogether. In 2011, Waltrip stated that his favorite race to have broadcast thus far was the 2010 Aaron's 499. The race lead was exchanged many times among many different drivers rather than the lead being dominated by a single driver. The race ended with driver Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
beating driver Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray
for the win by only the length of a bumper. Waltrip also lends his unique verbiage to his commentary, speaking of "coop-petetion" when racers work together, but keep each other under a watchful eye, "s'perince" when talking about driving skills of a veteran driver, and "using the chrome horn", when a driver somewhat purposefully bumps a car that's in the way (bumpers on cars used to be made of metal and coated in chrome). In early 2007, Waltrip was nominated for an Emmy in the category "Outstanding Event Analyst". In March, 2011, FOX awarded Waltrip a 2-year contract extension, taking him through 2014, the same year the network's NASCAR
NASCAR
contract ends (although the broadcast contract has been extended to 2024). In October 2011 Waltrip, Joy and Australian
Australian
Leigh Diffey traveled to Australia to host Speed's coverage of the Supercheap Auto Parts Bathurst 1000 race held at the famous Mount Panorama Circuit. Since Waltrip had not hosted in Australia before, he counted on Australian NASCAR
NASCAR
driver Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose
to help him learn about the country. During the trip, in regards to hosting, Waltrip and Joy are most famous for helping Ambrose reconcile with a former Bathurst rival Greg Murphy, known for an infamous Lap 143 dustup at the 2005 event following a restart that led to a famous squabble. The interview took place during a safety car session after Murphy had exited the car during a driver change. In the days leading up to the race, Waltrip was taken on a few laps of the track by V8 Supercar
V8 Supercar
driver Jason Bright in Bright's Brad Jones Racing
Brad Jones Racing
Holden VE Commodore, describing the 6.213 km (3.861 mi) long mountain circuit as a "Geological oddity".[6] Currently[edit] Waltrip fielded a Toyota
Toyota
sponsored by Japanese industrial giant NTN for his Craftsman Truck Series
Craftsman Truck Series
team in 2004. David Reutimann
David Reutimann
drove the truck for the team and earned Rookie of the Year honors that year. Waltrip's team expanded to two trucks in 2005. In August 2005, the revived Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports
Motorsports
won its first race, the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville
Nashville
Superspeedway with Reutimann driving. During the 2007 season, A.J. Allmendinger drove the #00 Red Bull Toyota
Toyota
but with minimal success. By years end the team was sold to The Racer's Group, a road racing operation. Waltrip has made occasional starts (three or less each year) in the Craftsman Truck Series
Craftsman Truck Series
and Busch Series
Busch Series
since his "retirement" in 2000. Each of these races have been either at Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville Speedway
or Indianapolis Raceway Park. Waltrip was the honorary starter at the 2007 Food City 500
Food City 500
and was also the honorary starter for the 2008 Gatorade
Gatorade
Duel as Gatorade
Gatorade
was one of Waltrip's former sponsors. He also started/completed a Busch Series race at Martinsville in his brother's "Aaron's Dream Machine" after appearing in ads in 2003–2005 begging his brother to let him drive the Aaron's Dream Machine. In 2009, he appeared in commercials for Rejuvenate Auto with his #11 Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew
Chevrolet. Waltrip also appeared in Fox public service announcements for breast cancer awareness. In 2010 and 2011, Waltrip voiced his support for saving the old Nashville
Nashville
Fairgrounds Speedway, now known as simply the Fairgrounds Speedway, in Nashville. The speedway was first opened in 1904, and hosted a weekly racing series for decades. It is the track where Waltrip first had success at weekly racing events in the 1960s and 70s, winning two track championships and where his first NASCAR victory came May 10, 1975. The speedway and adjacent Tennessee State Fairgrounds is located in an urban area of south Nashville, roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) from its downtown business district. Some residents living close to the speedway have complained of noise and many local politicians have proposed closing the speedway and developing the property. Currently, Waltrip continues as a race commentator for Fox and remains active in the sport. In March 2011, FOX announced that Waltrip would continue as their lead NASCAR
NASCAR
analyst and race commentator through 2014. In May 2015, FOX announced that Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
would join him and Mike Joy starting in 2016, replacing their long-time broadcast partner Larry McReynolds. In 2017, Waltrip announced on his Twitter
Twitter
page that he had undergone a knee replacement from an injury that occurred during the 1991 Pepsi 400. This was also mentioned in his Facebook
Facebook
account. Waltrip currently owns Honda, Volvo, Subaru, and Buick/GMC automobile dealerships in Franklin, Tennessee. Legacy[edit] Waltrip is considered by most in the racing community as a true ambassador to the sport of motor racing. He is a passionate promoter of all forms of racing, especially American stock car auto racing. Waltrip is recognized by many who closely follow motorsports as NASCAR's first "total package" driver. He was media savvy, articulate, attractive and possessed the driving skills that would take him to the pinnacle of the sport. His style attracted big-budget sponsors that are necessary to fund the multimillion-dollar NASCAR
NASCAR
teams. Today, it is customary for the team's sponsor to have considerable input into who the team's driver will be that represents their brand or product on the track. Today's NASCAR
NASCAR
driver fits the mold that Waltrip first ushered into NASCAR
NASCAR
in the 1970s. As a Fox Sports analyst and broadcaster, Waltrip's opinions, views and comments carry considerable weight with drivers, team owners, fans and NASCAR
NASCAR
heads. Waltrip has never been shy about expressing his views, even if controversial. His critical comments about safety have played a significant role in many safety innovations current drivers enjoy today including the "HANS" (head and neck restraining device, credited for saving the lives of many drivers in all forms of motorsports), "soft walls" or "SAFER" (steel and foam energy reduction) barriers, "full face" helmets, and the new cars now driven by all NASCAR drivers. Waltrip has been a design consultant on some of the newer tracks including the Kentucky Motor Speedway, and the Nashville Superspeedway. Waltrip has a building which holds many of the race cars he drove throughout his career. On June 14, 2011, he was selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Class of 2012. Waltrip officially won 84 NASCAR
NASCAR
cup races, but yet another, additional, and uncounted "win" was as relief driver for Donnie Allison, at the 1977 Talladega 500. (Allison received credit for the win because he was driving the car when the race started). In that race, Waltrip retired after 106, of 188, laps. Allison sought a relief driver for his #1 Hawaiian Tropic sponsored Chevrolet, due to the excess heat of the day, and Waltrip was asked to complete the race in Allison's car. The irony was that Waltrip replaced Allison at the DiGard #88 race team just two years previously, which was part of the long lore of the "Allisons vs Waltrip" battle that lasted for more than 16 years. His 84 wins in the Cup series are tied for fourth place in NASCAR history, with Bobby Allison. In 2011, Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
scored his 85th career victory surpassing Waltrip for most wins in the "modern era" of NASCAR. (NASCAR's "modern era" takes into account current scheduling, and the elimination of dirt tracks from scoring statistics; several of Allison's wins came before the start of the "modern era"). Media appearances[edit] Film and television[edit] Waltrip's entertainment appearances were influenced by his early 1970s work with Ralph Emery in Nashville
Nashville
radio and television, and that led to his work as a fill-in for Emery. In the 1980s and 1990s, he would substitute for Emery on The Nashville Network's Nashville
Nashville
Now and later hosted himself the network's two successor variety shows, "Music City Tonight" and "Prime Time Country". Waltrip worked on Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder
as Hendrick Motorsports
Motorsports
was a major provider of cars and drivers (he helped hire Bobby Hamilton
Bobby Hamilton
for the project), and one of his injury substitutes was lead stunt driver Greg Sacks. Waltrip has twice been a presenter at the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Music Awards, partnering with Kathy Troccoli both times. In 1999, they presented the "Song of the Year" award to Mitch McVicker and Rich Mullins
Rich Mullins
for "My Deliverer". Rich Mullins
Rich Mullins
and Mitch McVicker were thrown from their truck after not wearing seat belts, and Mullins was killed in the accident. In 2006, Waltrip and Nicole C. Mullen
Nicole C. Mullen
hosted a DirecTV
DirecTV
special, Songs of Faith. He provided the voice of race announcer Darrell Cartrip
Darrell Cartrip
in the Pixar
Pixar
feature films Cars (2006), Cars 2
Cars 2
(2011), and Cars 3 (2017).[7] He also appeared in the broadcast booth in the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby where his phrase was "in racing you have good days and bad days and Ricky Bobby just had himself a bad day". On December 15, 2006, Waltrip played the role of Mother Ginger in the Nashville
Nashville
Ballet's production of The Nutcracker He currently appears in advertisements for Toyota
Toyota
and Aaron's alongside his brother, Michael, where his gimmick is constantly asking Michael's permission to drive the Aaron's Dream Machine (a nickname for the #99 Nationwide Series car). Waltrip has also made a number of appearances in "comedic" segments appearing during his actual Fox broadcasts. He was featured in two NASCAR
NASCAR
Series videos Darrell Waltrip: Quicksilver which explained Waltrip's career and future and he appeared in the NASCAR
NASCAR
Video series where he teaches helpful driving tips for driving on the freeway and long-distance drives. In February, 2011, Waltrip appeared in The Day which was a one-hour documentary about the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt
at the 2001 Daytona 500. Waltrip initially believed accidents would happen to him. He was featured in a video testimonial on IamSecond.com talking about his Christian faith in Jesus
Jesus
Christ in which he discussed the meaninglessness of the rest of his career, compared to that relationship. Books and magazines[edit] Waltrip has also been successful in the publishing field. In September 1994, he was featured as the cover story in Guideposts. His autobiography, DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles, was a New York Times best-seller when it was released around the 2004 Daytona 500. The book was co-written with Jade Gurss. In May 2004, Waltrip became the second sports figure to be featured in former NBA player and basketball coach Jay Carty's One-on-One series of devotional books. Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
One-on-One: The Faith that Took Him to the Finish Line is a sixty-day devotional book featuring Waltrip's stories and how they can relate to Christian faith, and Carty's devotionals. Motorsports
Motorsports
career results[edit] NASCAR[edit] (key) (Bold – Pole position
Pole position
awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position
Pole position
earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.) Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR
NASCAR
Winston Cup Series
Winston Cup Series
results

Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 NWCC Pts Ref

1972 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports 95 Mercury RSD DAY RCH ONT CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL 38 CLT DOV MCH RSD TWS DAY BRI TRN ATL 8 TAL 27 MCH NSV 3 DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT 6 CAR TWS

56th 827 [8]

1973 RSD DAY 12 RCH CAR 6 BRI 30 ATL 33 NWS DAR 24 MAR TAL 31 NSV 24 CLT 7 DOV TWS 2 RSD MCH DAY 25 BRI ATL 31 TAL 7

28th 2968.2 [9]

Chevy

NSV 24

DOV 20

Bud Moore Engineering 15 Ford

DAR 8 RCH 26

NWS 30 MAR CLT 38 CAR 27

1974 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports 95 Chevy RSD DAY 7 RCH CAR 25 BRI ATL 7 DAR 9 NWS MAR TAL DNQ NSV 3 DOV 20 CLT 4 RSD MCH DAY 24 BRI NSV 3 ATL 4 POC TAL 44 MCH DAR 2 RCH DOV 35 NWS MAR CLT 3 CAR 5 ONT 6

19th 609.97 [10]

1975 17 RSD DAY 26 RCH 15 CAR 21 BRI 6 ATL 5 NWS 7 DAR 2 MAR 2 TAL 4 NSV 1 DOV 22 CLT 4 RSD 21 MCH 5 DAY 4 NSV 28 POC 34

7th 3462 [11]

DiGard Motorsports 88 Chevy

TAL 42 MCH 7 DAR 34 DOV 27 NWS 3 MAR 17 CLT 24 RCH 1 CAR 32 BRI 3 ATL 36 ONT

1976 RSD 21 DAY 32 CAR 2 RCH 24 BRI 2 ATL 5 NWS 22 DAR 31 MAR 1* TAL 33 NSV 12 DOV 30 CLT 11 RSD 6 MCH 29 DAY 39 NSV 3 POC 26 TAL 37 MCH 27 BRI 3 DAR 3 RCH 4 DOV 31 MAR 2 NWS 24 CLT 11 CAR 3 ATL 7 ONT 40

8th 3505 [12]

1977 RSD 9 DAY 7 RCH 2 CAR 2 ATL 7 NWS 7 DAR 1 BRI 19 MAR 21 TAL 1 NSV 3 DOV 4 CLT 6 RSD 26 MCH 35 DAY 2 NSV 1 POC 3 TAL 22 MCH 1 BRI 2 DAR 6* RCH 7 DOV 5 MAR 10 NWS 1 CLT 5 CAR 3 ATL 1 ONT 29

4th 4498 [13]

1978 RSD 23 DAY 28 RCH 4 CAR 21 ATL 35 BRI 1 DAR 2 NWS 1* MAR 1* TAL 22 DOV 6* CLT 1* NSV 26 RSD 16 MCH 28* DAY 3 NSV 2 POC 1* TAL 34 MCH 3 BRI 3 DAR 2 RCH 1 DOV 5 MAR 2 NWS 2* CLT 2 CAR 3 ATL 28 ONT 5

3rd 4362 [14]

1979 RSD 1*

CAR 17 RCH 3 ATL 3 NWS 5 BRI 3 DAR 1* MAR 3

NSV 21 DOV 18 CLT 1* TWS 1* RSD 2 MCH 13

NSV 1*

MCH 19 BRI 1 DAR 11* RCH 2 DOV 29 MAR 11 CLT 3 NWS 13 CAR 6 ATL 5 ONT 8

2nd 4819 [15]

Olds

DAY 2

TAL 2

DAY 4

TAL 1*

Al Rudd Auto 22 Chevy

POC 7*

1980 DiGard Motorsports 88 Chevy RSD 1*

RCH 1* CAR 4 ATL 28 BRI 2 DAR 4 NWS 12 MAR 1*

NSV 4 DOV 20 CLT 2* TWS 4 RSD 1 MCH 26

NSV 4 POC 26

BRI 3 DAR 25* RCH 6 DOV 1* NWS 2 MAR 21 CLT 18 CAR 3 ATL 26 ONT 25*

5th 4239 [16]

Olds

DAY 40

TAL 42

DAY 31

TAL 11

Halpern Enterprises 02 Chevy

MCH 4*

1981 Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
& Associates 11 Chevy RSD 17

1st 4880 [17]

Buick

DAY 36 RCH 1* CAR 1 ATL 36 BRI 1* NWS 3 DAR 1* MAR 26 TAL 3 NSV 2 DOV 12 CLT 9 TWS 30 RSD 1* MCH 7* DAY 10 NSV 1* POC 1* TAL 2 MCH 2 BRI 1* DAR 2 RCH 3* DOV 2 MAR 1 NWS 1* CLT 1 CAR 1* ATL 2 RSD 6

1982 DAY 20 RCH 27 BRI 1* ATL 1 CAR 7* DAR 23 NWS 1* MAR 5 TAL 1 NSV 1* DOV 15 CLT 22 POC 13 RSD 32 MCH 2 DAY 36 NSV 1* POC 6 TAL 1* MCH 7 BRI 1 DAR 24 RCH 3 DOV 1* NWS 1* CLT 14 MAR 1* CAR 1 ATL 3 RSD 3

1st 4489 [18]

1983 Chevy DAY 36 RCH 29 CAR 3 ATL 40 DAR 2 NWS 1* MAR 1* TAL 33 NSV 1* DOV 2 BRI 1* CLT 4 RSD 7 POC 2 MCH 4 DAY 20 NSV 2 POC 2 TAL 2 MCH 2 BRI 1* DAR 3 RCH 3 DOV 5 MAR 3 NWS 1* CLT 2 CAR 5 ATL 9 RSD 6*

2nd 4620 [19]

1984 DAY 3 RCH 2* CAR 10 ATL 10 BRI 1* NWS 6 DAR 1* MAR 3 TAL 38 NSV 1 DOV 6 CLT 26 RSD 11 POC 6 MCH 3 DAY 31 NSV 2 POC 22 TAL 6 MCH 1 BRI 21* DAR 40 RCH 1* DOV 11 MAR 1* CLT 27 NWS 1* CAR 4 ATL 6 RSD 34

5th 4230 [20]

1985 DAY 3 RCH 3* CAR 18 ATL 16 BRI 23 DAR 2 NWS 2 MAR 23 TAL 24 DOV 5 CLT 1 RSD 8 POC 3 MCH 2 DAY 3 POC 3 TAL 9 MCH 2 BRI 4* DAR 17 RCH 1 DOV 2 MAR 2 NWS 14 CLT 4 CAR 1 ATL 3 RSD 7

1st 4292 [21]

1986 DAY 3 RCH 5 CAR 5 ATL 4 BRI 3 DAR 2 NWS 4 MAR 27 TAL 34 DOV 5 CLT 5 RSD 1 POC 40 MCH 5 DAY 4 POC 4 TAL 25 GLN 2 MCH 3 BRI 1* DAR 5 RCH 29 DOV 14 MAR 4 NWS 1 CLT 9 CAR 3 ATL 39 RSD 4

2nd 4180 [22]

1987 Hendrick Motorsports 17 Chevy DAY 8 CAR 7 RCH 20 ATL 6 DAR 10 NWS 21 BRI 12 MAR 21 TAL 11 CLT 5 DOV 7 POC 13 RSD 30 MCH 7 DAY 4 POC 19 TAL 4 GLN 11 MCH 17 BRI 21 DAR 10 RCH 2 DOV 10 MAR 1 NWS 12 CLT 9 CAR 3 RSD 6 ATL 18

4th 3911 [23]

1988 DAY 11 RCH 4 CAR 24 ATL 3 DAR 24 BRI 23 NWS 14 MAR 5 TAL 37 CLT 1 DOV 23 RSD 28 POC 6 MCH 8 DAY 5 POC 5 TAL 33* GLN 20 MCH 17 BRI 7 DAR 4 RCH 8 DOV 17 MAR 1 CLT 2 NWS 12 CAR 31 PHO 13 ATL 5

7th 3764 [24]

1989 DAY 1 CAR 29 ATL 1 RCH 7 DAR 36 BRI 2 NWS 8 MAR 1* TAL 5 CLT 1 DOV 9 SON 38 POC 32 MCH 3 DAY 19 POC 4 TAL 2 GLN 16 MCH 37 BRI 1* DAR 22 RCH 6 DOV 18 MAR 1 CLT 14 NWS 20 CAR 3 PHO 4 ATL 5

4th 3971 [25]

1990 DAY 14 RCH 12 CAR 6 ATL 26 DAR 11 BRI 9* NWS 2 MAR 4 TAL 10 CLT 22 DOV 19 SON 33 POC 8 MCH 15 DAY INQ† POC 20 TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH 3 DOV 19 MAR 19 NWS 7 CLT 9 CAR 8 PHO 4 ATL 5

20th 3013 [26]

1991 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports DAY 24 RCH 7 CAR 9 ATL 9 DAR 25 BRI 6 NWS 1 MAR 3 TAL 2 CLT 8 DOV 7 SON 25 POC 1 MCH 7 DAY 32 POC 29 TAL 15 GLN 6 MCH 32 BRI 8 DAR 24 RCH 7 DOV 19 MAR 15 NWS 20 CLT 9 CAR 32 PHO 2 ATL 10

8th 3711 [27]

1992 DAY 26 CAR 10 RCH 5 ATL 39 DAR 24 BRI 25 NWS 15 MAR 3 TAL 29 CLT 38 DOV 5* SON 8 POC 13 MCH 2 DAY 13 POC 1 TAL 23 GLN 12 MCH 2 BRI 1* DAR 1 RCH 3 DOV 20 MAR 15 NWS 9 CLT 34 CAR 22 PHO 3 ATL 23

9th 3659 [28]

1993 DAY 18 CAR 30 RCH 8 ATL 35 DAR 16 BRI 6 NWS 5 MAR 4 TAL 26 SON 35 CLT 11 DOV 24 POC 30 MCH 19 DAY 13 NHA 19 POC 10 TAL 37 GLN 14 MCH 13 BRI 29 DAR 28 RCH 7 DOV 3 MAR 18 NWS 11 CLT 19 CAR 7 PHO 7 ATL 3

13th 3479 [29]

1994 DAY 28 CAR 23 RCH 16 ATL 3 DAR 26 BRI 15 NWS 28 MAR 4 TAL 14 SON 18 CLT 30 DOV 6 POC 30 MCH 10 DAY 25 NHA 23 POC 28 TAL 24 IND 6 GLN 7 MCH 9 BRI 4 DAR 13 RCH 10 DOV 3 MAR 10 NWS 13 CLT 9 CAR 23 PHO 10 ATL 21

9th 3688 [30]

1995 DAY 32 CAR 38 RCH 7 ATL 34 DAR 21 BRI 3 NWS 10 MAR 4 TAL 4 SON 35 CLT 18 DOV 20 POC 42 MCH 26 DAY 34 NHA 17 POC 36 TAL 43 IND 17 GLN 8 MCH 15 BRI 4 DAR 40 RCH 22 DOV 36 MAR 8 NWS 14 CLT 34 CAR 12 PHO 38 ATL 16

19th 3078 [31]

1996 DAY 29 CAR 16 RCH 27 ATL 32 DAR 34 BRI 26 NWS 25 MAR 16 TAL 21 SON 14 CLT 13 DOV 39 POC 30 MCH 25 DAY 26 NHA 37 POC 40 TAL 9 IND 40 GLN 18 MCH 22 BRI 11 DAR 32 RCH 22 DOV 39 MAR 23 NWS 27 CLT 42 CAR 21 PHO 10 ATL 37

29th 2657 [32]

1997 DAY 10 CAR 32 RCH 16 ATL 16 DAR 11 TEX 43 BRI 25 MAR 9 SON 5 TAL 32 CLT 21 DOV 28 POC 7 MCH 24 CAL 15 DAY 14 NHA 33 POC 26 IND 14 GLN 18 MCH 15 BRI 42 DAR 26 RCH 32 NHA 32 DOV 32 MAR 24 CLT DNQ TAL 37 CAR 29 PHO 12 ATL 40

26th 2942 [33]

1998 DAY 33 CAR 41 LVS 35 ATL 40 DAR 30

24th 2957 [34]

Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 1 Chevy

BRI 23 TEX 36 MAR 40 TAL 15 CAL 5 CLT 17 DOV 20 RCH 32 MCH 12 POC 6 SON 13 NHA 13 POC 13

Tyler Jet Motorsports 35 Chevy

IND 13 GLN 25

Pontiac

MCH 25 BRI 27 NHA 32 DAR 38 RCH 18 DOV 21 MAR 21 CLT 22 TAL 23 DAY 28 PHO 31 CAR 32 ATL 38

1999 Haas-Carter Motorsports 66 Ford DAY 21 CAR 27 LVS 25 ATL 20 DAR 41 TEX 25 BRI 32 MAR 12 TAL 26 CAL 15 RCH 25 CLT 43 DOV DNQ MCH 39 POC 34 SON 12 DAY 38 NHA 33 POC 25 IND 42 GLN 15 MCH DNQ BRI 14 DAR 29 RCH 32 NHA DNQ DOV DNQ MAR 23 CLT DNQ TAL DNQ CAR 34 PHO 26 HOM 43 ATL DNQ 37th 2158 [35]

2000 DAY 32 CAR 39 LVS 38 ATL 31 DAR 43 BRI 31 TEX 24 MAR 43 TAL 26 CAL 29 RCH DNQ CLT DNQ DOV 33 MCH DNQ POC DNQ SON 28 DAY 27 NHA 33 POC 22 IND 11 GLN 20 MCH DNQ BRI 42 DAR 42 RCH DNQ NHA 29 DOV 31 MAR 27 CLT 30 TAL 35 CAR 37 PHO 33 HOM 36 ATL 34 36th 1981 [36]

Mansion Motorsports 85 Ford

CLT 36

† - Qualified but replaced by Jimmy Horton

Daytona 500[edit]

Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish

1973 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports Mercury 11 12

1974 Chevrolet 11 7

1975 33 26

1976 DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 4 32

1977 10 7

1978 8 28

1979 Oldsmobile 4 2

1980 7 40

1981 Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
& Associates Buick 2 36

1982 2 20

1983 Chevrolet 31 36

1984 26 3

1985 3 3

1986 6 3

1987 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5 8

1988 4 11

1989 2 1

1990 9 14

1991 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports Chevrolet 10 24

1992 12 26

1993 26 18

1994 32 28

1995 5 32

1996 40 29

1997 22 10

1998 43 33

1999 Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 43 21

2000 43 32

Busch Series[edit]

NASCAR
NASCAR
Busch Series
Busch Series
results

Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NBSC Pts

1982 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports 47 Pontiac DAY RCH BRI MAR DAR HCY SBO CRW RCH LGY DOV HCY CLT 6 ASH HCY SBO CAR CRW SBO HCY LGY IRP BRI HCY RCH MAR

78th 330

17

CLT 1 HCY MAR

1983 DAY 1 RCH CAR HCY MAR NWS SBO GPS LGY DOV BRI CLT SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU CRW ROU SBO HCY LGY IRP 2 GPS BRI HCY DAR RCH NWS SBO MAR ROU CLT 11 HCY MAR 52nd 480

1984 DAY 1 RCH CAR HCY MAR DAR ROU NSH 21 LGY MLW 25 DOV CLT 2 SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU HCY IRP 3 LGY SBO BRI DAR RCH NWS CLT 1 HCY CAR MAR

53rd 345

1985 Olds DAY 3 CAR HCY

28th 977

Chevy

BRI 1 MAR DAR 11 SBO LGY DOV 1 CLT SBO HCY ROU IRP 4 SBO LGY HCY MLW 17 BRI DAR 1 RCH 5 NWS ROU CLT HCY CAR MAR

1986 Olds DAY 3 CAR HCY MAR

22nd 1743

Chevy

BRI 6

JFC 1

IRP 8 SBO

OXF 35 SBO HCY LGY ROU

Pontiac

DAR 1 SBO LGY

DOV 1 CLT 30 SBO HCY ROU

RAL 1

DAR 21 RCH DOV MAR ROU CLT 2 CAR MAR

Lindy White Racing 1 Chevy

BRI 3

1987 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports 17 Chevy DAY 2 HCY MAR DAR 4 BRI LGY SBO CLT 2 DOV IRP 34 ROU JFC 24 OXF SBO HCY RAL 5 LGY ROU BRI 26 JFC 5 DAR 7 RCH DOV MAR CLT 2 CAR 29 MAR

29th 1439

1988 DAY 3 HCY CAR MAR DAR 10 BRI LNG NZH SBO NSH 1 CLT 37 DOV 31 ROU LAN LVL 16 MYB OXF SBO HCY LNG IRP 5 ROU BRI 29 DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT 5 CAR 4 MAR

29th 1262

1989 DAY 1 CAR MAR HCY DAR 37 BRI NZH SBO LAN NSH CLT 2 DOV 37 ROU LVL VOL MYB SBO HCY DUB IRP 32 ROU BRI DAR RCH 28 DOV 5 MAR CLT 31 CAR 4 MAR

36th 985

1990 DAY 30 RCH CAR MAR HCY DAR 6 BRI LAN SBO NZH HCY CLT 29 DOV 36 ROU VOL MYB OXF NHA SBO DUB IRP ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NHA 34 CAR 15 MAR

50th 533

1991 DAY 32 RCH 11 CAR 35 MAR VOL HCY DAR 24 BRI LAN SBO NZH CLT 6 DOV 3 ROU HCY MYB GLN OXF NHA SBO DUB IRP 29 ROU BRI DAR 6 RCH 6 DOV CLT 6 NHA CAR 15 MAR

30th 1305

1992 DAY 8 CAR RCH 4 ATL 38 MAR DAR BRI HCY 5 LAN DUB NZH CLT 34 DOV ROU MYB GLN VOL NHA TAL 18 IRP ROU MCH 26 NHA BRI DAR RCH 2 DOV CLT 27 MAR CAR 4 HCY

36th 1173

1993 DAY 7 CAR RCH 30 DAR BRI HCY ROU MAR NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW 12 TAL 16 IRP MCH 37 NHA BRI DAR RCH DNQ DOV ROU CLT DNQ MAR CAR HCY ATL

50th 513

1995 Labonte Motorsports 11 Chevy DAY CAR RCH 8 ATL NSH DAR BRI HCY NHA NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW TAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM

82nd 142

2006 Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
Racing 99 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR 28 GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 122nd 79

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR
NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series
Craftsman Truck Series
results

Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTS Pts

1995 Ken Schrader
Ken Schrader
Racing 52 Chevy PHO TUS SGS MMR POR EVG I70 LVL BRI MLW CNS HPT 6 IRP FLM

41st 450

Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports 17 Chevy

RCH 8 MAR 35 NWS 21 SON MMR PHO

1996 5 HOM PHO POR EVG TUS CNS HPT 11 BRI NZH MLW LVL I70 IRP FLM GLN NSV RCH 9 NHA MAR 5 NWS 10 SON MMR PHO LVS 20

37th 660

2002 HT Motorsports 17 Dodge DAY DAR MAR 34 GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA MCH IRP 6 NSH RCH TEX SBO LVS CAL PHO HOM

62nd 211

2003 Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
Racing Chevy DAY DAR MMR MAR 7 CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTY MCH IRP 29 NSH BRI RCH NHA CAL LVS SBO TEX MAR 7 PHO HOM 59th 368

2004 Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports 11 Toyota DAY ATL MAR 24 MFD CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTY MCH IRP 28 NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS CAL TEX MAR DNQ PHO DAR HOM 93rd 91

2005 DAY CAL ATL MAR DNQ GTY MFD CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS

73rd 124

12

MAR 13 ATL TEX PHO HOM

International Race of Champions[edit] (key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

International Race of Champions
International Race of Champions
results

Year Make Q1 Q2 Q3 1 2 3 4 Pos. Points Ref

1977−78 Chevy

MCH 3 RSD 5 RSD 4 DAY 2 3rd N/A [37]

1978−79 MCH 8 MCH RSD RSD ATL

13th N/A [38]

1979−80 MCH 3 MCH RSD RSD 1 ATL 6

2nd 32 [39]

1984

MCH 4 CLE 5 TAL 1 MCH 6 3rd 52 [40]

1985

DAY 1 MOH 7 TAL C MCH 4 2nd 45 [41]

1986

DAY 7 MOH 3 TAL 4 GLN 3 5th 48 [42]

1987

DAY 3 MOH 12 MCH 2 GLN 10 5th 42 [43]

1990 Dodge

TAL 4 CLE MCH 12

9th 23 [44]

1997 Pontiac

DAY 11 CLT 11 CAL 11 MCH 11 11th 18 [45]

See also[edit]

Michael Waltrip Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports

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Sporting positions

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Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
Motorsports Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
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