Hall of Fame

Darrell Waltrip

Born: Feb. 5, 1947
Hometown: Owensboro, Ky.
Competed: 1972-2000
Starts: 809
Wins: 84
Poles: 59

Career Highlights
A three-time Cup Series champion (1981-82, '85), Waltrip won all three with the legendary Junior Johnson. Waltrip is tied with Bobby Allison for third all-time in series victories (84). He competed from 1972-2000, another highlight being his 1989 Daytona 500 victory in a Rick Hendrick -owned Chevrolet.

Waltrip's first series title came in 1981, when he finished with 12 wins and 21 top-fives in 31 races. He won the title by 53 points over Bobby Allison.

In his second championship season, 1982, he finished with 12 wins and 20 top-10s in 30 races, sweeping both races at four tracks (Nashville, Bristol, Talladega and North Wilkesboro).

In his third championship season, 1985, Waltrip finished with three wins and 21 top-10s in 28 races.

He was nicknamed "Jaws" during his career because of an outspoken demeanor. He currently is a commentator on FOX's NASCAR broadcasts. He was named one of NASCAR's "50 Greatest Drivers" in 1998.