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Waltrip to Announcement Retirement Next Week
July 30, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) -- Darrell Waltrip, a three-time Winston Cup champion who has not won a race in seven years, plans to retire after stock car racing's 2000 season.

Waltrip has scheduled a news conference for next Thursday in Indianapolis to make a formal announcement, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.

``It's sad to see (Waltrip) retire, but I guess it's good when someone can call it quits on their own terms,'' Phillipe Lopez, Waltrip's crew chief, told the paper.

``He is just at a point where he wants to see and do other things in life, especially be at home more with his family.

Travis Carter, co-owner of Waltrip's No. 66 Ford Taurus, said, ``Time waits for no man; (it's) time to move on.''

Waltrip, 52, of Franklin, Tenn., leads all active Winston Cup drivers with 84 career victories but has not won a race since Darlington in September 1992. He finished 25th at last week's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Waltrip sold his team last year after owning it for eight years, citing continuing disputes with sponsors and other financial reasons. At the time, he said the 1999 season would be his last.

He changed his mind after signing a two-year sponsorship deal with Kmart at the end of last year.

Waltrip's team is making preparations for a farewell tour next year.

``We are going to do everything in our power to make sure Darrell goes out with a bang at each and every race,'' Lopez said.

Waltrip has indicated a desire to enter broadcasting after retiring. He has done race commentary for The Nashville Network.

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