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BRISTOL, Tenn.It will be "One and Done" for Darrell Waltrip at Martinsville Speedway, October 22, when he takes the steering wheel of the No. 12 Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Toyota Tundra for his final appearance as a NASCAR driver in the Craftsman Truck Series race at the Virginia short-track.
"I'm not going to race competitively again," explains Waltrip. "People need to realize something, I retired in 2000. Ever since then, everything I've done is for fun. It would be no different if you were a professional baseball player or a golfer and you still liked to play the game. I still like to play the game and I still want to do that. It's not that I'm never going to get in a car or truck again, I'll probably hop in there every now and then just for fun." A three-time NASCAR Cup champion (1981, 1982 and 1985), Waltrip recorded 84 wins (third all-time) and started 59 races from the pole position (fourth all-time) during his NASCAR Cup career. Highlights from his career include capturing the checkered flag in the 1989 Daytona 500 and winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway five times (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988 and 1989). In addition to his role as team owner at Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and as a Toyota spokesman, he serves as a broadcast analyst on FOX Sports NASCAR coverage. His autobiography debuted on the New York Times best-seller list in 2004.
After Darrell Waltrip competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, his vision to become a truck owner came to fruition in 1996 and 1997 when Waltrip-owned truck teams participated in the series. In 1997, the No. 17 Darrell Waltrip Motorsports truck finished second in the points Standings with three wins, four pole awards, 15 top-fives and 17 top-10s. Reopening an operation in Concord (N.C.), Darrell Waltrip Motorsports returned to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series arena in 2004 with driver David Reutimann and the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra team. At the beginning of the 2005 season, the No. 12 Toyota Tundra team was added to the organization's roster. This season Darrell Waltrip Motorsports celebrated their first victory at Nashville Superspeedway in the Toyota Tundra 200 as Reutimann became a first-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner in front of 6,000 Toyota employees. ABOUT TOYOTA IN AMERICA:
Powering all of Toyota's American racing programs is TRD in Costa Mesa, Calif., and High Point, N.C. A subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., TRD serves as the North American racing arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's factory racing engines. Toyota has eight manufacturing plants in the United States, with two more currently under construction in Texas and Tennessee. With a strong manufacturing presence in the country, it's no surprise that more than half the Toyota vehicles sold in the United States are built here -- using many American-sourced parts. Toyota's overall commitment translates into manufacturing plants, sales and marketing operations, and research and design facilities throughout the United States, where Toyota directly employs more than 31,000. Since 1986, the company has built more than 11 million cars and trucks in the U.S.A. As one of the world's leading automakers, Toyota offers a full range of models from mini-vehicles to sedans to large trucks. For more information on Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., please visit www.toyota.com.