Wally Dallenbach Jr

NASCAR Analyst

OVERVIEW

Wally Dallenbach Jr., a former MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES driver, joined the FOX NASCAR family in 2015 as analyst for NASCAR RACE HUB, FS1’s daily NASCAR news and information program. He also serves as an analyst on NASCAR RACEDAY, FS1’s pre-race show covering the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES. Prior to FOX Sports, Dallenbach had extensive broadcasting experience with NBC and Turner.

Dallenbach Jr. has 244 NASCAR starts to his credit across all three national series and also competed extensively in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, winning consecutive championships in 1985 and 1986. A noted road-course ace, he is a four-time ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA class winner, three-time winner of the 12 HOURS OF SEBRING, the IMSA GTO SERIES runner-up in 1988 and 1989 and has four NASCAR GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES starts to his credit (2002, 2005-‘07). Dallenbach Jr. also won the open wheel division at the 2006 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The son of Wally Dallenbach Sr., former open-wheel racer and chief steward for CART Series, Dallenbach Jr. also competed in four CART races in 1987 and 1990, in addition to six Indy Series Lights events before moving to stock cars.

Upon retirement from NASCAR, Dallenbach Jr. traded his helmet for a microphone, transitioning into an analyst role for NBC and Turner’s shared coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2006 when the network partnership ended. TNT continued to carry six races each season through the conclusion of 2014, and Dallenbach remained as analyst for the duration. In 2010, he expanded his broadcasting horizons by becoming a member of NBC Sports Network’s IndyCar Series coverage through the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Dallenbach Jr. emerged on the NASCAR scene at the age of 28 in 1991, debuting with car owner Junie Donlavey in a limited schedule. He competed in his first complete season in 1992 with owner Jack Roush, his former Trans-Am boss, in the No. 16 Ford and ran the entire 1993 season with Roush. The partnership netted two top-five and five top-10 finishes.

In 1994, Dallenbach Jr. ran a partial schedule in the iconic No. 43 car for Petty Enterprises, becoming only the second driver other than Richard Petty to pilot the legendary entry. Before retiring, Dallenbach Jr. also drove for other notable car owners, including Bud Moore, Felix Sabates and Rick Hendrick.

His last complete Cup Series season was 2000, and he wrapped his Cup career with six top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in 226 starts. Dallenbach Jr.’s NASCAR career also spanned 16 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races between 2002 and 2005, with three top-10 finishes, two NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES starts, one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and four 1987 International Race Of Champions (IROC) races, in which he earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

Upon graduating high school in 1981, he left Colorado to race in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in New Jersey and Connecticut. After posting two victories for Dan Gurney’s Toyota IMSA team in 1983, he headed to the SCCA Trans-Am Series, taking Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 1984. Dallenbach Jr. won the championship in 1985 for Roush, becoming the youngest Trans-Am champion in history at 22, and followed that up with another championship in 1986. In 1987, he left the SCCA Trans-Am Series with 30 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes in 51 starts. Dallenbach Jr. returned to his roots on Nov. 15, 2014 at Daytona International Speedway when he competed in the Trans-Am season finale in the TA2 class, finishing third.

PERSONAL

Born May 23, 1963, in East Brunswick N.J., Dallenbach Jr. grew up in Basalt, Colo. He currently resides in Mooresville, N.C., with his wife, Robin, also an accomplished racer, and their children Jacob, Wyatt and Kate. In his spare time, Dallenbach Jr. enjoys hunting. You may follow him on Twitter at @wdallenbach.