Fox TV analyst Darrell Waltrip, who lost his voice during last week’s race at Bristol, has been diagnosed with severely inflamed vocal cords and is under doctor’s orders to severely limit his speaking for the time being.
Waltrip, whose gravelly voice was almost painful to listen to during the Bristol telecast, saw Dr. Katherine Grant at the Vanderbilt Voice Clinic in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday. Grant, who has treated Charlie Daniels and other Nashville figures, basically told the irrepressible former Cup champion to keep quiet for a while.
“It took eight years, but I finally figured out a way to get more air time,” joked Waltrip’s Fox colleague and former crew chief Jeff Hammond.
Waltrip is expected to be back in the booth in time for the Martinsville race on March 30.