Darrell Waltrip will make his return in the FOX broadcast booth on April 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
For 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.
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Waltrip will be back as guest analyst on FOX alongside former co-worker Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer for the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol.
“I’m thrilled to have the chance to drop in and call the Bristol Dirt Race,” said Waltrip, three-time champion and the winningest driver at Bristol with 12 victories. “When FOX first asked me, I was super excited because Bristol is, by far, my favorite track. If I could pick just one race to call, it would be Bristol. The track is honoring Easter with a special celebration service, and we’ll top it off with a great race that evening.”
“I won a few dirt races early in my career, before they did away with the dirt track near me at the time, and I called Prelude to the Dream races at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway,” he said.
DW claims being in the booth for a dirt race, makes his return even more exiting.
“That was a ton of fun. I’m really excited to see how the new car reacts to the dirt. Teams learn a little more about this car every week, and the racing seems to get better and better. I’m sure Bristol Dirt will throw a few monkey wrenches at them and hopefully make for a great race.”
Darrell Waltrip hasn’t stopped playing broadcaster. He told NASCAR.com that he subconsciously calls races while watching NASCAR races from his home.