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Posting a contemporary NASCAR series record of 22 top five finishes in 1983, 21 top five finishes, (both in 1981, and 1986), Waltrip is the victor of 84 NASCAR Cup Series races, including 12 wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, seven of which were “back-to-back” triumphs starting in 1981, and ending April 1, 1984, (a track and Chain’ record for just about any motorist, all time). Waltrip’s 84 wins puts him second only to Jeff Gordon, for the most wins in the current era of NASCAR, tying him with driver Bobby Allison, for fourth on the all time record of NASCAR Cup series victor. Waltrip won 59 NASCAR Cup Series pole positions, (second all time), including 35 on short tracks, and 8 on road courses, (both all time highs for just about any motorist, all time).
Waltrip additionally holds the all time track record with 67 triumphs in the Fairgrounds Speedway, in Nashville, Tennessee, including NASCAR, USAC, ASA, and local “Late Model Sportsman” NASCAR sanctioned series races.
Waltrip also became the very first NASCAR driver to be given $10 million, (February 18, 1990), (more than $26 million, in the current money), in race winnings. He’s a 2-time winner of NASCAR’s Most Famous Driver Award, (1989, 1990), was the “American Driver of the Year”, (1979, 1981, 1982), and was named “NASCAR’s Driver of the Decade”, (1980s). He’s a 2003 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee as well as a 2005 International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, and was declared in July, 2009, as among the first 25 nominees for the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class. Waltrip was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers, in (1998), and was given the Bill France, “Award of Excellence”, in the year 2000. On July 1, 2010, Waltrip was again nominated for the 2011 induction group of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On July 14, 2011, it had been declared that Waltrip, in just his third year of qualification, could be inducted as one of five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame class of 2012, one of just nine premier show NASCAR drivers to be inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, through 2012.
Waltrip now possesses Honda, Volvo, and Subaru automobile dealerships in Franklin, Tennessee, and is the lead television analyzer and race commentator with Fox Broadcasting Company, a columnist at Foxsports.com, and an writer. He could be the older brother of NASCAR driver and MWR team owner Michael Waltrip. He’s married, has two daughters, and resides in Franklin, Tennessee.