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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.


I'm on vacation, but I couldn't let my team's Craftsman Truck win on Saturday go without congratulating team manager Bobby Kennedy, crew chief Jason Overstreet and certainly driver David Reutimann, who has done an incredible job over the last several weeks. David, his wife Lisa and their little girl Emilia are such a great family. His dad, Buzzie, was there on Saturday, too.

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Reutimann wins first Truck race

I knew David had a win coming pretty soon, and I kept telling him, "Make it Nashville." I told Jeff Hammond and Larry Mac, "I'm almost embarrassed. It was such a great weekend with so many things going on. I was the grand marshal of the Toyota Tundra 200, and David won. I was just a little bit embarrassed — not a whole lot — just a little bit." I was more pleased and gratified than anything, not so much for me, but for David because I know what it means to him and his family to get that win. He's been running so well, and I just wanted to take an opportunity to congratulate David's hard work and his efforts. They've all started to pay off. It was our first win with Toyota, and the No. 17 team has a legitimate shot at contending for the championship before the year is over. I've got to work on the No. 12 truck. We've got to get it running better. Mike Wallace's experience will help us a lot. He has won truck races so we know that he's got a lot of knowledge. We want to learn from him and hopefully get the No. 12 truck running as well as the No. 17 is. That's our two-fold goal now. We've got to win the championship with David, or at least scare point leader Dennis Setzer and let him know we're out there. And we've also got to get the No. 12 running better. We've got the people, and I know that we have the resources and support from Toyota to get the job done so congratulations to Toyota, Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and all of the folks that work there. It was a great win and a great weekend.

Driver vs. car

Congratulations to Tony Stewart. We always talk about how important the car is. You can't win if you don't have a good car. When you put road-race ringers who are vaguely familiar with what we do in a Nextel Cup car, and they run up front with a bonafide chance to win, it tells you how important a driver is. If a driver can make that much difference on a road course, then obviously, a driver can make a huge difference on any racetrack, like an oval.
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If road racing teaches me nothing else, it still shows me the importance of having a very talented driver. Road ringers are a little bit handicapped when they go to an oval track, and the guys that have oval experience are the guys that shine so it's not always "all car". It's 60-40: 60 percent driver to 40 percent car.

Condolences on Coo Coo's passing

On a sad note, my heart — along with Stevie, Jessica and Sarah — goes out to Sterling, Paula and the Marlin family for the loss of Coo Coo who was someone that I raced against. He was one of my early heroes. He's a legend in the Nashville area, driving that red 7 Eleven with the 409 engine in it. Coo Coo was the man for years at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. He'll be dearly missed. He was a great guy. A great competitor. And my heartfelt sympathies go out to Sterling and to the family.

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