Darrell Waltrip is set to take the checkered flag on his broadcasting career.
The Fox Sports analyst will retire at the end of the network’s portion of the NASCAR schedule following the June 23 race at Sonoma Raceway in California.
It will likely be the last time the Kentucky native will utter his “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity! Let’s go racing, boys!” call to open a race.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 4, 2019
Waltrip is one of NASCAR’s storied characters, one of the first to build a brand around his supersized personality, and he parlayed it into a lifetime as one of the sport’s strongest ambassadors.
He began his Fox Sports career with the 2001 Daytona 500, and the Hall of Fame driver had hinted on social media this would be the final season of his career.
Now 72, Waltrip said it was finally time to go.
“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,” Waltrip said Thursday.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Waltrip won 84 races and three Cup Series races over his career before moving straight into the broadcast booth.
He was inducted into the third class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2012.
Many said they will miss him on race days.
He will be missed. Thank you so much @AllWaltrip for your love, contribution and dedication to the sport we call NASCAR.
— Debra Powell (@DJinFla) April 4, 2019
Have really enjoyed DW’s work since Fox took NASCAR mainstream. Was a fan as a kid and it’s been great to have his perspective as an analyst. Few could have shared as much with as much credibility. I even liked Digger and Boogity Boogity Boogity. Racing is supposed to be fun!
— Jason Hill (@jasonerichill13) April 4, 2019
Congratulations to one of Kentucky’s finest! Loved watching you race and sure enjoy your insight during the broadcasts. Please know you’re loved by many fans. @AllWaltrip , you’re one of a kind! ❤️🏁
— Beverly Levay (@BeverlyLevay) April 4, 2019
“For nearly five decades, few people have been as synonymous with NASCAR as Darrell Waltrip,” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said.
“A Hall of Famer on the track and in the booth, Waltrip brought quick wit, tireless passion and a wealth of stock car racing knowledge to millions of NASCAR fans on FOX for 19 seasons,” Phelps said. “We are grateful for Waltrip’s many contributions to the sport over the past 47 years, both as a champion driver and broadcaster.”
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