NASCAR Legend Darrell Waltrip To Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree Waltrip to Deliver Commencement Address OWENSBORO, Ky. (April 28, 2004) - NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip will deliver the commencement address to the 137th graduating class ...
NASCAR Legend Darrell Waltrip To Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree
Waltrip to Deliver Commencement Address
OWENSBORO, Ky. (April 28, 2004) - NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip will deliver the commencement address to the 137th graduating class of Kentucky Wesleyan College in his hometown of Owensboro, Ky. on Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. CT in KWC's Hocker-Hall Grove.
The three-time NASCAR Champion will be presented KWC's highest honor, the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, (LL.D.) following his address to the graduating class.
"Not only has Darrell Waltrip reached the pinnacle of the motorsports world, but he had also conceived and founded a ministry to racing families," said KWC President Dr. Wesley H. Poling. His commitment to his sport and to the personal faith of his fellow sportsmen is exemplary, and we are proud to recognize his achievements."
Waltrip currently serves as the Lead Analyst for the NASCAR on FOX TV race broadcasts. He retired from NASCAR Cup racing in 2000, and he now competes occasionally in the Craftsman Truck Series. Waltrip is tied for third on NASCAR's all-time victory list with 84.
In 2000, Waltrip garnered the ultimate award in his career when he received the Bill France Award of Excellence from NASCAR.
He also twice received NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award in 1989 and 1990 and was a three-time American Driver of the Year award recipient in 1977, 1981 and 1982. He was selected as NASCAR's Driver of the Decade * 1980s. The state of Tennessee also honored Waltrip with their Professional Athlete of the Year award in 1979.
In 1988, he founded Motor Racing Outreach, a ministry for NASCAR families across America who have no worship opportunities at racetracks on Sunday mornings.
Waltrip's driving career began at the age of 12 when he raced go-karts and entered his first stock car race four years later. After one dirt track race Waltrip soon found his niche on the pavement.
After success as one of the nation's top short-track drivers, Waltrip decided in 1975 to become a full-time NASCAR competitor. And the rest is history.
Kentucky Wesleyan College is a four-year, United Methodist Church affiliated, co-educational institution offering a wide range of majors in the liberal arts, as well as specialized programs in communication arts and criminal justice.