Ride With NASCAR Champion Darrell Waltrip Around Bristol Motor Speedway

Photo Credit: Ryan Ward / The Lasco Press

Darrell Waltrip won 12 times at Bristol Motor Speedway. Including 7 wins in a row from 1981 to 1984. If you wanted a tutorial on what it takes to get around the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” there is no one better to consult than “DW”, he is the master.

Darrell is a three-time Champion in NASCAR’s premier Cup Series. He finished second in the Series Championship 3 more times. He knows about dominating. In addition to his Cup record 12 wins at Bristol, he holds the Series modern era record of 22 top-five finishes in the 1983 season. His 84 Cup Series victories tie him with Bobby Allison for 4th on the all-time Series wins list.

After a stellar career on the track, he is now one of the most popular sports color commentators on television. His knowledge of NASCAR and a down-home sense of humor endear him to stock car racing fans during Fox broadcasts of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Photo Credit: Ryan Ward / The Lasco Press

If you were going to hitch a ride around the high-banked track at “The Last Great Colosseum” he’d be the gladiator you’d want to pilot the chariot. Despite his 71 years, DW is still adept at navigating the tight corners and hurtling down the straightaways. As he recalls the memories of a career most could only dream of, his recollections are crystal clear. Put him in a drivers suit and he could still teach the young guns a trick or two.

Ride along as Darrell takes us on a few laps around Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines. He is also a freelance technical writer and accomplished photographer. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve at thelascopress.com with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.