Boogity, boogity, boogity, I’m retiring boys!
FOX sports broadcaster and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip has announced that at the end of the FOX NASCAR broadcast season in June at the road course in Sonoma, he will be retiring after 19 years in the broadcast booth.
The Kentucky native brought his country boy flamboyant persona to the booth after retiring from a NASCAR racing career of 84 race wins and three championships.
Prior to joining the FOX broadcast team in its inaugural year – 2001 -, Waltrip served as a substitute host for Ralph Emery and worked as a commentator for TNN, TBS and ABC/ESPN. Over the years, DW has worked with Mike Joy, Jeff Hammond, Larry McReynolds, and most recently fellow champion and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.
Speaking on his decision, Waltrip said, “my family and I have been talking this over the past several months, and I’ve decided to call 2019 my last year in the FOX Sports booth. I have been blessed to work with the best team in the sport for the past 19 years, but I’m 72 and have been racing in some form for more than 50 years. I’m still healthy, happy and now a granddad, so it’s time to spend more time at home with my family, although I will greatly miss my FOX family.”
besides racing, Waltrip is known for his role as Darrell Catrip in the animated film franchise “Cars”.
FOX Sports announced that the broadcast lineup for next year will be revealed at a later date.
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