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DARRELL WALTRIP, NASCAR ON FOX RACE ANALYST
Waltrip completed his 29th and final NASCAR season in 2000. The three-time Champion (1981, 1982 & 1985) twice copped the Most Popular Driver Award (1989-90) and was the proud recipient of the prestigious Bill France Award of Excellence in 2000, honoring his lifetime of achievements. In 2003, Waltrip was elected into the National Motorsports Hall of Fame, an honor followed by an induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. His 84 career wins in NASCAR's premier series rank him third on the all-time list. He also captured 59 Cup poles, fourth on the all-time list. Waltrip is the only five-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 (1978- 79, 1985, 1988-89), and was the inaugural winner of NASCAR's all-star event at Charlotte in 1985. Waltrip's first NASCAR series start came in the 1972 Winston 500, and his first win came just three years later, in his 50th start In 1981, Waltrip won a modern-era record eight races from the pole and tied the all-time record of four straight. He was named the National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year in 1977 and 1981-82; Auto Racing Digest Driver of the Year in 1981-82; and Tennessee Professional Athlete of the Year in 1979. His most memorable race was the 1989 Daytona 500, his only career win at the Great American Race. In 2004, Waltrip's autobiography, DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles, debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List. Born, Feb.5, 1947, Waltrip resides near Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Stevie, and their two daughters.