Over 18 years, Darrell Waltrip (DW) Had NASCAR fans excited for every Weekend race with his entertaining commentary. However, the 74-y-o still finds himself still calling races from his couch because he misses the booth it so much.
DW joined the broadcast booth for FOX Sports back in 2001, a year after he retired from racing in NASCAR. He also spent 15 years calling races with Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds in the booth.
“To have had the job I’ve had for the last 19 years is pretty incredible,” Waltrip said after he retired. “I thought when I got out of the car and walked off the track at Atlanta that day that it was over. That was my platform; I was a race car driver. Where do I go from here? And David Hill hired me to come to work for Fox Sports and that was the best thing that ever happened to me. It gave me the opportunity to take what I had accomplished in racing and apply it somewhere else.”
Darrell Waltrip has only been retired from broadcasting for just about two years, however, he’s already missing his time in the booth.
“I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed being retired,” Waltrip said. “But by the same token, when I look back and COVID-19 hit and the way they had to do TV last year — they did all the races from a studio in Charlotte — I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed that because I’m a see it, feel it, touch it, hear it, smell it kind of guy. I like to be at the track.
“So I guess the good Lord was looking out for me and the timing was probably better than I thought. I did go to a couple of races last year. I went to the Daytona 500 with President Trump and that was a fun day. And the only other race I went to was the All-Star Race in Bristol and I went with Governor (Bill) Lee, our governor of Tennessee. Other than that, I haven’t been to any tracks or any races, I watch them all on TV.”
The 72-y-o NASCAR legend says he will cross the finish line of his television broadcasting career at the end of Fox Sports’ NASCAR race coverage this campaign, which ends on June 23 with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, California.
Even though DW hasn’t graced the FOX Sports airwaves for over two years, he hasn’t stopped playing broadcaster. He told NASCAR.com that he subconsciously calls races while watching NASCAR races from his home,