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Darrell Waltrip

A three-time NASCAR premier series champion, Waltrip won all three alongside legendary driver and owner Junior Johnson.

  • Inducted: 2012
  • Position:Driver

Vitals

Hometown

Owensboro, KY

Born

02/05/1947

PREMIER SERIES STATS

Competed

1972-2000

Championships

3 (1981-1982, 1985

Starts / Wins / Poles

809 / 84 / 59

An All-Time Great Driver and Personality

Waltrip is tied with Bobby Allison for fourth all-time in series victories with 84.

His 59 poles rank fifth all-time in NASCAR premier series history. He competed from 1972-2000, another highlight being his 1989 Daytona 500 victory in a Rick Hendrick-owned Chevrolet.

Waltrip’s first series title came in 1981, when he finished with 12 wins and 21 top fives in 31 races. He won the title by 53 points over Bobby Allison. In his second championship season, 1982, he finished with 12 wins and 20 top 10's in 30 races, sweeping both races at four tracks (Nashville, Bristol, Talladega and North Wilkesboro). In his third championship season, 1985, Waltrip finished with three wins and 21 top 10's in 28 races.

Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, reside in Franklin, TN. He was nicknamed “Jaws” during his career because of an outspoken demeanor. He's currently is a commentator on FOX’s NASCAR broadcasts. He was named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers” in 1998.