Darrell Waltrip returns to Texas with new team

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 26, 2001) -- One of NASCAR's true legends is the man they call "Old DW," two-time "Most Popular Driver" award winner Darrell Waltrip. Before stepping out of the cockpit for the last time at the end of the 2000 ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 26, 2001) -- One of NASCAR's true legends is the man they call "Old DW," two-time "Most Popular Driver" award winner Darrell Waltrip. Before stepping out of the cockpit for the last time at the end of the 2000 season, Darrell recorded 84 wins, which ties for third in Winston Cup career wins. DW has a new team as he comes to Texas Motor Speedway for RPM Week--Texas. Waltrip has settled in quite nicely behind the microphone for FOX Sports in the network's inaugural season of NASCAR coverage. Mike Joy, anchor of the FOX Network's NASCAR broadcast says, "Darrell Waltrip brings a freshness and attitude to NASCAR on FOX that I think will greatly help the network in reaching and keeping the attention of the 18-49 year-old male viewer that networks and advertisers covet. "While the last generation of TV analysts were respectful, Darrell is going to be a bit more out on a limb, and on the edge with his commentary. Past announcers have had a great command of information and great rapport with the fans. Darrell adds a keen recognition of entertainm ent value." For Darrell Waltrip, the decision to step out of the driver's seat was as difficult as for any other driver, but the decision as to what to do next couldn't be more obvious. Having entered NASCAR with a brash, outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is attitude that quickly earned him the nickname of "Jaws," the move to the broadcast booth was inevitable. It's a role he has been preparing for almost since the day he entered Winston Cup competition. Race fans can look forward to a steady diet of the famous Waltrip wit, insight and philosophy on future FOX broadcasts. But don't be surprised if somewhere down the line there might be yet another entry to the Waltrip resume. Politics. "I just haven't decided what state I want to be governor of yet," jokes Darrell. Tickets for all RPM Week-Texas races, including a limited number for the Sunday, April 1, Harrah's 500, are on sale seven days a week at the speedway ticket office by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmo torspeedway.com, and at all participating Ticketmaster locations.

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Series NASCAR Cup
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