NASCAR & Auto Racing

Older brother lends a hand to Waltrip's struggling Toyota team

This season has been a struggle for Michael Waltrip and his new three-car Cup team. So he’s looking for help just about anywhere he can find it, including his brother, three-time Cup champion Darrell Waltrip.

The elder Waltrip, now 60 and working as a television analyst for Fox, retired from Cup following the 2000 season, although he has since run a Busch Series race and eight truck events. But Michael has put DW into his Toyota race cars this year at a few tests to get the benefit of his brother’s experience.

“He gives great feedback, and I like to think I am keeping him young,” Michael said. “I love the fact that putting him in a race car keeps him young, fresh and even helps him up there in the TV booth.

“We tested at Winchester (Ind.) for Bristol, and before I even took the checkered flag in qualifying, I had a message waiting for me on my cell phone from Darrell. He was pretty impressed with our lap (16th quickest) and was pretty proud that he helped contribute in some way that led to our result. I’m just glad that Darrell can be a part of this.”