Michael Waltrip to Honor Darrell
June 29, 2011 | 9:54 A.M. EST
A photo of Darrell Waltrip’s first victory at Nashville Speedway in 1975 is featured on the car.
Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip has enjoyed many special races in his career, but few will be as meaningful to the Owensboro, Ky. native as the July 9 inaugural NASCAR Sprint race at Kentucky Speedway.
With the support of long-time sponsor Aaron’s Inc., Michael will celebrate the election of his brother Darrell to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. He’ll race an orange and white paint scheme similar to the Terminal Transport car Darrell drove to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Nashville Speedway in 1975.
“I guess this means more to me than maybe it does a lot of people, because I know the road that he traveled to get to the Hall of Fame," Waltrip said. "I’m so happy for him. We all have role models especially as kids, and sometimes those role models let us down. Darrell has always been my role model and my hero ever since I was a little boy, and he’s never let me down. To me, he has been in the Hall of Fame for a long time. I told him that being a future Hall of Famer makes him sound younger, now it’s official he is a Hall of Famer. At least he is still young at heart.”
Michael’s Kentucky paint scheme also includes a photo of the Nashville Victory Lane celebration on each of the car’s rear quarter panels and a picture of “DW” on the hood also taken at Nashville.