Darrell Waltrip career summary

DARRELL WALTRIP Born: Owensboro, Ky. Resides: Franklin, Tenn. D.O.B.: February 5, 1947 Spouse: Stevie Children: Jessica Leigh - September 17, 1987 Sarah Catlin - August 25, 1992 Owns and drives Western Auto-sponsored Chevrolet...

DARRELL WALTRIP

Born: Owensboro, Ky. Resides: Franklin, Tenn. D.O.B.: February 5, 1947 Spouse: Stevie Children: Jessica Leigh - September 17, 1987 Sarah Catlin - August 25, 1992

Owns and drives Western Auto-sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo... Began racing go-karts in '59, then moved to Late Model Sportsman division at local Kentucky short tracks... 627 Winston Cup starts, 84 wins, 58 poles... $13,591,234 in career winnings, ranking third on all-time list... First Winston Cup race, 1972 Winston 500... First win came in 50th start in 1975... 1981, '82 and '85 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion... NMPA Driver of the year (1977, '81 and '82)... First three-time winner of American Driver of the Year Award (1979, '81, '82)... 84 wins is most in modern era, ranking him third on all-time win list... Only five-time winner of Coca-Cola 600... Won modern-era record 8 races from pole (1981) and tied all-time record of 4 straight... Won 1989 Daytona 500 in 17th try... Winner of inaugural The Winston Select in 1985... Won 7 of 10 short-track races in 1982 to tie record... Has 13 career Busch Grand National wins... Only driver to win $500,000 or more in season 15 times... $835,680 in '94 winnings, finished 9th in '94 Winston Cup standings.

Inspired by hard-charging driver C.C. Spencer... Credits 1972 USAC stock car win at Nashville in 1972 as biggest break for Winston Cup career... Takes care of three dogs, a cat (named Cecil B. Demule) and a Tennessee Walking Horse (named Lumina Bay) at home... Loves Jack Nicholson and Merly Streep movies, playing golf, watching basketball and football and eating fried chicken... Played high school basketball and participated in track.

WINSTON CUP VICTORIES: 1975 - Nashville, Richmond 1976 - Martinsville 1977 - Darlington, Talladega, Nashville, Michigan, North Wilkesboro, Atlanta 1978 - Bristol, North Wilkesboro, Martinsville, Charlotte, Pocono, Richmond 1979 - Riverside, Darlington, Charlotte, Texas, Nashville, Talladega, Bristol 1980 - Riverside, Richmond, Martinsville, Riverside, Dover 1981 - Richmond, Rockingham, Bristol, Darlington, Riverside, Nashville, Pocono, Bristol, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro, Charlotte, Rockingham 1982 - Bristol, Atlanta, North Wilkesboro, Talladega, Nashville, Nashville, Talladega, Bristol, Dover, North Wilkesboro, Martinsville, Rockingham 1983 - North Wilkesboro, Martinsville, Nashville, Bristol, North Wilkesboro 1984 - Bristol, Darlington, Nashville, Michigan, Richmond, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro 1985 - Charlotte, Richmond, Rockingham 1986 - riverside, Bristol, North Wilkesboro 1987 - Martinsville 1988 - Charlotte, Martinsville 1989 - Daytona, Atlanta, Martinsville, Charlotte, Bristol, Martinsville 1991 - North Wilkesboro, Pocono 1992 - Pocono, Bristol, Darlington

SOURCE: 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Media Guide

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