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
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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