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Darrell Waltrip

Darrell Waltrip — winner of 84 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and a three-time champion — serves as lead analyst for NASCAR on FOX. He was selected for induction into the prestigious NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012. Want more from DW? Become a fan on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

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All of the teams in NASCAR's top three series are busy. The Trucks, Busch cars and Cup cars are at Indianapolis. It's one of my all-time favorite weekends with all of the activity at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Then, next to the Daytona 500, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard has got to be one of the most exciting races for a driver.

That's where all the guys are, but I am lying on the beach, spending time with my family. I've been up here for about 10 days now, and the girls and I are enjoying ourselves. After all of that hard work getting ready for my Busch race at Martinsville, being able to take off a couple of weeks has been good for me and my family. When I'm lying around, I sometimes have bizarre thoughts, and I thought that I would share some of them with you:

  • First of all, short tracks are a whole lot more fun than superspeedways. That's something that I always knew, and driving the Busch race at Martinsville reconfirmed that notion.
  • I think somebody needs to tell Tony Stewart to get rid of that blue light on top of his car. He's not the sheriff, and he's not Buford Pusser from the movie "Walking Tall."
  • I'm not the one that hired Robert Yates' driver and took his sponsor.
  • Rookies don't stay rookies very long anymore.
  • If you spin out somebody, you go to the rear. I know people say, "Well, it's just racin'. This guy did that, and this guy did something else. That's what caused it." You've got to quit analyzing what caused the wrecks. You've got to look at the result, and the result is you spun out somebody. You can't help what happened. You can't analyze it or talk about it. The more discipline you have in a race, the better the race will be.
  • Make winning by anyone anywhere a big deal. A big deal means that you're in the Chase. Just tweak the Chase. Don't change it a whole lot. We've always said it had some flaws and needed some things done to it that may add a little more excitement. So just tweak on it a little bit. Don't throw it away and start all over again... but if you are going to start all over again, then you might as well throw it away.
  • Calling someone by their nickname is a term of endearment.
  • If you only get to race once a year, then you must be retired.
  • If you drive the Dream Machine, does that make you a dreamer? I told the guys after the Martinsville race, "Man, I don't feel like I drove 250 laps. I feel great." They said, "DW, you didn't drive 250 laps. There were 86 caution laps."
  • If you get spun out with 15 laps to go at Martinsville, and you finish 28th on the lead lap, does that make you old? This is funny. Ty Norris was my spotter at Martinsville, and after I got spun, I was a little upset. I was screaming at Ty, "Who did that? Who hit me? Who spun me out?" He said No. 36, but I thought he said No. 56 so I was looking for 56. There he was, just a few cars ahead of me. I drove beside the 56, and I looked over. I didn't know it was Kevin Grubb because I could only see the guy's eyes. But I was putting my arms up in the air and looking over at him with a real put-out look. He looked back at me almost like he was whimpering, "Why are you mad at me? I didn't do anything." Then Ty said, "What are you doing up beside the 56?" I said, "Because he spun me out." He said, "No, no, no. It was the 36." So, I'm sorry Kevin.
  • There have been a lot of great inventions and a lot of things have been created to protect and make drivers safer. Based on how hot it's been this summer, one of the biggest inventions in racing has to be the Koolbox. If I was going to race every weekend, I would have two of them. I'd have one blowing on my head and one blowing in back of my seat. I would have as many Koolboxes as I could get in my race car because they sure do make a difference.
  • A positive attitude is contagious.
Those are some things that I've been thinking about. Some of them right there are funny; I don't care who you are.
Ask DW

Get better Benny

I would like to say that I'm thinking about Benny Parsons. He's just one of the nicest men that's ever put on a helmet, and he's one of the nicest men who has ever been in racing. You can't help but love and respect Benny because of his calm demeanor and his gentle way. A lot of people pray for all people in racing through our Motor Racing Outreach ministry, my bible study at home on Tuesday and at my church. Benny Parsons has been lifted up in all of those prayer groups. Ben, I know you're a fighter. I know you don't let it show, but I know you're a tough guy. You're very competitive. I just want you to get well and get all of this behind you. Enjoy your life because you deserve it.

Oh, by the way...

I saw a sign that I thought was appropriate. It said, "I'm a witness, not a judge." That resonates with me, and that's how I try to approach what I do. I'm a witness, not a judge.

Oh, by the way II

Well, folks, Martinsville was all I hoped it would be, other than I didn't quite get the finish I was looking for. But I did run well, and I was happy with my performance. I enjoyed my whole week of testing and working on the car. Seven hours of practice on Thursday at Martinsville in triple-digit heat and then Saturday's race were fun for me. I apologize to Ron Young. I thought he was giving me the inside. I guess he thought I was going to slow down. I'm not sure what happened there, but I apologize to him for the contact we made. Other than that incident, it was a pretty good race until 15 to go when Tim Sauter jacked me up, turned me around and cost me a pretty decent finish between 18th and 15th. That wouldn't have been too bad. It was a wild race with a lot of contact, which is what you expect. Quite honestly, that's what I love about short tracks. You can make contact, have problems, spin out, crank it up, take off and get going again. I don't think that there was car there that wasn't knocked sideways or spun out, but they still came back to have decent finishes. With all of the cautions, I don't know if it was a fun race to watch, but it was a fun to be in the race. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank Aaron's so much. Oh, by the way, there's going to be a really cool commercial this weekend in the Indy race that Aaron's put together about my last race. I haven't seen it, but I heard it's pretty good so keep an eye out for it along with all of the others that I'm sure you will be watching on Sunday.
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