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Darrell Waltrip (left), Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
Darrell Waltrip (left), Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports /

The Numbers

  • 1981, 1982 and 1985 Sprint Cup Series Champion
  • 84 Sprint Cup Series wins
  • 1989 Daytona 500 winner and 5-time Coca-Cola 600 winner
  • Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012

The History

In almost 30 years in NASCAR Waltrip won 84 races which was good enough to tie him with Bobby Allison for fourth on the all-time wins list. During those almost 30 years Waltrip also managed to win himself three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles. Those titles were won in 1981, 1982 and 1985. When Waltrip finished his NASCAR career he left with 59 poles and 390 top-10 finishes to go along with his 84 victories. Waltrip also won 13 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Some of Waltrip’s other accomplishments include winning the Daytona 500 (1989), Southern 500 (1992), Coca-Cola 600 (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989), Winston 500 (1977 and 1982) and the inaugural Winston in 1985. Waltrip has also won the 1976 Snowball Derby and the 1981 Busch Clash.

The Legend

In 1998 Waltrip was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. He is also a part of several Halls of Fame: Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame (2001), International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2005), Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2003) and the NASCAR Hall of Fame (2012). Waltrip currently works as a NASCAR broadcaster where in some respects he has become the voice of NASCAR. In recent years Waltrip has also done commentary work with NASCAR video games where he uses his catchphrase ‘Boogity Boogity Boogity.’

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