Darrell Waltrip misses Hall of Fame cut again

Oct 14, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Tennessean

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darrell Waltrip's drive to make the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame stalled Wednesday as the three-time NASCAR Cup champion from Franklin failed to receive enough votes to make the five-man class.

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DW is just comic relief for NASCAR. He MAY belong in the third class, but there are many drivers, in my opinion more deserving than he.
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DW is just comic relief for NASCAR. He MAY belong in the third class, but there are many drivers, in my opinion more deserving than he.
Were you around to watch DW race? It's a shame the people who have come into the sport in the last few years that don't know the history of NASCAR or who have never watched some of the old races and only see guys like DW as "comic relief". DW was the Kyle Busch of days gone by. He was one of the few, like Rusty who could hang with Dale on the track. People need to look at what DW did ON the track, not in the announcers chair. Glad to see the HOF taking in the older guys who were the foundation of the sport. Let's honor Pearson, Allison, Ned and Bud while they're still here to appreciate it.
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He has to wait till the other drivers that raced and did more for NASCAR get in before his turn, just because he thinks he was great as a driver (just listen to him when he broadcasts a race) does not put him in the Hall of Fame.
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You don't know what your talking about. DW was one of the best drivers Nascar has ever seen. I could care less if you like him from a personal level, but the guy was as talented on the track as anyone who's ever been in the sport and more talented than 99% of the people who've ever been there.

He's been a good ambassador for the sport in his later years. He was a cocky, arrogant son-of-a-bitch when he was younger, but he matured greatly throughout his career. He went on to be voted the most popular driver at one point.

DW's problem with getting voted in this class had nothing to do with how good he was, but more to do with some in Nascar not liking how he talked the talk, but also backed up all his talking.

There are some out there who feel like he may have been the best driver Nascar has ever seen. Junior Johnson has said on more than 1 occasion that he may be the best he's ever seen and there are others who have reiterated that. I think his numbers speak for themselves. Unfortunately, Dw has always been opinionated and just because Nascar doesn't always like what you say, doesn't mean you haven't earned your place in history.

You're all welcome to feel however you want, but in my opinion, the hall is reserved for the very best and there's zero doubt that Dw was among the very best and his results over the years have proven that.

I personally feel the earlier generations should get in first, but that's not how they've done it so far and to not include DW early on, when others of his generation have been, is a bit of a travesty. Not quite as big a Travesty as Pearson not being in the first class, but not far from it.

Voters have to put personal feelings aside and realize the Hall's not about who was a good little boy and played well with others. It's about honoring the best of the best and there's no doubt that DW was among that group.

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Keep him out another year - just because hes being a crybaby about it.
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Not sure where you get that he's being a cry baby about it. Just another dumba** remark from the peanut gallery that makes no sense. I'm sure he's disappointed, as well he should be. Everyone wants to get recognition for what they've accomplished and DW is no different. He's deserving and belongs there and regardless of when he gets there, he will reside among the best, as he should.
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I wish DW was still racing then I wouldn't have to listen to him gushing over the Hendrik boys for half of the season.

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Read the news. He went to the press and openly stated his dissappointment for the hall and the selection process. He did the same thing last year when he wasnt part of the 1st class. IMO, thats being a crybaby when you go and complain. There are 50+ people that "should" be in the HOF... the other 40+ are going to have to sit back and wait. That is life...
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Not sure where you get that he's being a cry baby about it. Just another dumba** remark from the peanut gallery that makes no sense. I'm sure he's disappointed, as well he should be. Everyone wants to get recognition for what they've accomplished and DW is no different. He's deserving and belongs there and regardless of when he gets there, he will reside among the best, as he should.
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NASCAL wirr lig voting and Dare Jl. wirr get in befole clybaby Dallerr Wartlip.
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Wang wrote:
NASCAL wirr lig voting and Dare Jl. wirr get in befole clybaby Dallerr Wartlip.
DW wouldn't complain about that, he is totally in love with Jr.
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menards wrote:
Read the news. He went to the press and openly stated his dissappointment for the hall and the selection process. He did the same thing last year when he wasnt part of the 1st class. IMO, thats being a crybaby when you go and complain. There are 50+ people that "should" be in the HOF... the other 40+ are going to have to sit back and wait. That is life...
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Still, not sure how you consider that being a cry baby. Because he was honest enough to admit being disappointed? All the guys who were nominated (and still alive) were disappointed when they didn't get selected. Wouldn't you be if you felt you had the numbers to warrant it? I know I would. Plus, where do you get your info that he went to the press and openly stated anything? Isn't it more likely, or just as likely, that the press came to him? And, if he expressed his disappointment, I don't find that a big deal. He's earned his place there and I'd be worried if he wasn't. It's not like he's been flying off into a rage because he hasn't been selected yet, but you kind of allude to the fact that he's very enraged about it. There's a very big difference between being disappointed and angered.

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Darrell Waltrip is a legend, in his own mind. Not really so much in the minds of those chosen to vote on the HOF nominees. As far as I'm concerned, there are still many of the original founders of NASCAR that need recognizing before "Jaws" sees the light of day at the HOF. DW and Cale didn't make the cut because they have always be takers instead of givers. To this very day, Cale doesn't make any appearance unless he is payed. We're still hunting for DW's foundation to help anything.

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The Fat and the Furious wrote:
<quoted text> All the guys who were nominated (and still alive) were disappointed when they didn't get selected.
Yet, only one is whining to the press.
The Fat and the Furious wrote:
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Wouldn't you be if you felt you had the numbers to warrant it? I know I would. Plus, where do you get your info that he went to the press and openly stated anything? Isn't it more likely, or just as likely, that the press came to him? And, if he expressed his disappointment, I don't find that a big deal. He's earned his place there and I'd be worried if he wasn't. It's not like he's been flying off into a rage because he hasn't been selected yet, but you kind of allude to the fact that he's very enraged about it. There's a very big difference between being disappointed and angered.
Simple cliche's go a long way with the voting members.

"Today isnt about me..."
"NA$CAR is doing a great thing here with the Hall of Fame"
"I just want to applaud the voting members for selecting an outstanding class of 2010"

What you dont want to say to the press...

"I have 84 wins and 3 titles...Ned only has 50 wins and 2 titles....WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AA"
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Hilton Head wrote:
<quoted text>DW wouldn't complain about that, he is totally in love with Jr.
Wang hope you mean in metapholicar sense. Pandemonium wourd ensue within The Juniol nation if Dare Jl. come out of croset hand in hand with Dallerr Wartlip.
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menards wrote:
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Yet, only one is whining to the press.
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Simple cliche's go a long way with the voting members.
"Today isnt about me..."
"NA$CAR is doing a great thing here with the Hall of Fame"
"I just want to applaud the voting members for selecting an outstanding class of 2010"
What you dont want to say to the press...
"I have 84 wins and 3 titles...Ned only has 50 wins and 2 titles....WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AA"
I've been thinking about it a bit. I do see your point to some degree. We all know that DW has some arrogance to him. We also know that he's going to be in the Hall, regardless of when he gets there. I still don't want to necessarily say he's whining about it, it's just his nature to be a little self absorbed and everyone in Nascar knows that's just his personality. When it comes to success and talent racing though, he was certainly one of the best the sport has ever seen, but he does have that big head for sure.

What really made me think about it was an interview I heard with Jeff Burton. He stated, when asked about the current class, that it doesn't really matter who was selected, because everyone selected deserves to be there and that you should be honored whenever you get there. I guess that really sums it up. As long as the people getting in deserve a spot there, than it makes little difference when you get there.
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Wang hope you mean in metapholicar sense. Pandemonium wourd ensue within The Juniol nation if Dare Jl. come out of croset hand in hand with Dallerr Wartlip.
I wouldn't be surprised if old DW would like a sample of that Cream of Sum-Yung-Gi soup the way he gets so excited when they put the camera on Jr.

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Additionally, should there be a grace period from when a driver retires to when they are elected to the hall? An important fact to note is that DW is only 4 years removed from active driver status (nationwide '06) and only three years removed from active owner status (trucks '07). IMO, he is also still a little "fresh" on the retiree circut.
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<quoted text>I've been thinking about it a bit. I do see your point to some degree. We all know that DW has some arrogance to him. We also know that he's going to be in the Hall, regardless of when he gets there. I still don't want to necessarily say he's whining about it, it's just his nature to be a little self absorbed and everyone in Nascar knows that's just his personality. When it comes to success and talent racing though, he was certainly one of the best the sport has ever seen, but he does have that big head for sure.
What really made me think about it was an interview I heard with Jeff Burton. He stated, when asked about the current class, that it doesn't really matter who was selected, because everyone selected deserves to be there and that you should be honored whenever you get there. I guess that really sums it up. As long as the people getting in deserve a spot there, than it makes little difference when you get there.
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The hukster Waltrip couldn't shine the shoes of Pearson, Allison, Bud Moore, Cale, Lee Petty, Inbred Ned, Turner, Pascal, Fireball, Donnie, Baker, Leroy Yarbrough, Cotton Owens, Bobby Issac, and many more.

The 70's were the last great decade for A$$CAR and then the commercialization brought huksters like DW and his motormouth talentless hack brother, Michael (sock stumbler) Waltrip.
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menards wrote:
Additionally, should there be a grace period from when a driver retires to when they are elected to the hall? An important fact to note is that DW is only 4 years removed from active driver status (nationwide '06) and only three years removed from active owner status (trucks '07). IMO, he is also still a little "fresh" on the retiree circut.
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That's an excellent point. I'm very much in favor of a waiting period, just like we have in many other sports. Unfortunately, Nascar hasn't gone that route yet. With the hall being new though, I'd expect some changes over time and hopefully that will be one of those changes.

I'm waiting for when they accept that member that causes some controversy about whether or not they deserve to be there, which I think is inevitable at some point. The Hall is obviously reserved for people who contributed beyond just being good, and voters have to be real careful about what eligibility entails. I've already heard some names bantered around about people who I'd question being there and I hope the voters keep in mind the significance of what a Hall of Fame means.

If it was left up to me, I'd say, let the guys who came first, in first. Although, I understand why they're putting some guys like Dale Sr. in first, because it brings some attention and visitors to the hall. Whereas, some of the earlier people might not be household names. I know that I've found out some info and heard some names that weren't real familiar to me.

Another thing that just popped into my head. Do we limit how many times someone has to be accepted in the Hall? We've seen this done with other sports and I wonder if Nascar will follow that path. I'm not really in favor of that, but will we see it one day?

It'll really start getting interesting once the people we all know will be there, get there. Than we'll start seeing some real whining and pleading. A lot more fans and voters either in favor/against those who may be questionable. That's when the voters really get put to the test and to keep the Hall viable, they need to be very strict about what makes a, "Hall of Famer."
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The reason for the selection of Ned Jarrett and Lee Petty. Old Ned Is on the selection committe alone with Kyle Petty. There is no logic for Ned Jarrett to be voted in over Cale Yarborough or Daryl Waltrip. It's a damn shame that the HOF has stoop to political selection so quick.

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