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Waltrip/Johnson and Classic Bud #11 Car to Attend Goodwood Festival of Speed <pre> Darrell Waltrip

Personal: Birth date: February 5, 1947 Birthplace: Owensboro, Ky. Wife: Stevie Residence: Franklin, Tenn. Children: Jessica Leigh, Sarah Kaitlyn </pre> It took 50 starts for Darrell Waltrip to win a race, but once he got started he was on a roll. He won at least one race a year from 1975 to 1989, for a total of 84 trips to the Winston Cup winner's circle (only Richard Petty and David Pearson won more).

Waltrip, known to reporters as "Jaws" for always being good for an eccentric quote or two, earned the respect of fans - as well as the nickname "Ol' DW" - for his winning ways. In 1985, he not only won the 1985 Winston Cup Series Championship in the #11 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo (which will be on display at the 2001 Goodwood Festival of Speed), owned by NASCAR legend Junior Johnson, but also was victorious in the inaugural running of The Winston all-star race. He drove to 13 wins for Budweiser, 43 wins and 34 poles for Johnson. Waltrip ended his phenomenal 29-year racing career with a retirement victory tour in 2000. In 2001, he took on a new role as a full-time NASCAR commentator for the FOX television network. <pre> Milestones:

Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion (1981, 1982, 1985) 84 career Winston Cup victories (tied for third all-time with Bobby Allison) 59 career Winston Cup poles (fourth all-time) First driver to exceed $10 million in career winnings Only five-time winner of World/Coca-Cola 600 (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1989) Won inaugural running of The Winston all-star race (1985) Won his first and only Daytona 500 with his 17th try in 1989 and celebrated in Victory Lane by dancing the Ickey Shuffle and spiking his helmet Two-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Most Popular Driver Award winner (1989, 1990) First three-time American Driver of the Year Award winner (1979, 1981, 1982) Received the 2000 Bill France of Excellence Award Inducted into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends and Bristol Motor Speedway's Heroes of Bristol Hall of Fame in 1997

Career highlights:

First Winston Cup start: May 7, 1972 at Talladega, Ala. Finished 38th ($680) Last Winston Cup start: Nov. 20, 2000 at Hampton, Ga. First Winston Cup victory: May 10, 1975 at Music City 420, Nashville, Tenn. Last Winston Cup victory: September 6, 1992 at Southern 500, Darlington Raceway ($66,030) Best season: 1981 (31 starts, 12 wins, 21 Top s, 25 Top 10s, $693,342 total winnings)

Career Statistics:

Starts  Wins    Poles   Top 5's Top 10's
809     84      59      276     390
Laps    Laps Led        Races Led       Miles      Winnings
N/A     23,191          404             250,121    $19,416,618

-GM Racing-

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Series Automotive , Vintage
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Richard Petty , Junior Johnson , Bobby Allison , David Pearson