Birthday Wishes Overwhelm 77-Yo NASCAR Icon Darrell Waltrip as Mike Joy Pens Heartfelt Message


Darrell Waltrip during Premiere of Disney Pixar’s “CARS” at Lowe’s Motor Speedway at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Disney Pictures)
Back in the day when drivers like “The Intimidator” were wreaking havoc in the world of Stock Car racing, one man stood out, exuding charisma and confidence, captivating the fandom with his racing persona. Even after his retirement from the sport he continued to catch the attention with his iconic catchphrase – “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” – being an active presence in the commentary booth.
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Last day on, February 5th, 3-time Cup Series champion, Darrell Waltrip turned 77-year-old. The Owensboro, Kentucky native had a career to remember behind the wheel. racking up 84 stellar wins and raced for some of the sport’s biggest names, including Junior Johnson, Bud Moore, Rick Hendrick, and Dale Earnhardt in the golden age of the sport.
The community exploded into a celebration with their champion turning 77 on Monday. Popular voice of NASCAR, his former associate in the booth, sharing his wish on social media to get fans into a frenzy – “Happy Birthday to a great racing champion, and the best entertainer ever .”
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Mike Joy’s special birthday wish for the NASCAR icon, Darrell Waltrip as turns 77
Old-school fans still remember his swagger as a fierce driver with a record of 84 wins including one Daytona 500 victory, and five World Series triumphs in 1978, 1979, 1985, 1988, and 1989 respectively and as NASCAR’s voice for multiple decades. Former NASCAR driver and Fox Sports presenter, Darrell Waltrip was a class apart, always capturing the attention with his charming personality making him stand out while his accolades and achievements are still relevant and momentous in the sport even in the modern era.
With the veteran turning 77 years old, Mike Joy, Fox Sports’ veteran commentator, Mike Joy conveyed his wishes, tagging Waltrip in his post. He wrote, “Happy Birthday to a great racing champion, and the best entertainer ever to wear a Nascar TV headset. It’s your day Darrell @AllWaltrip, hope it’s a great one!“
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Responding to the wishes, the veteran noted, “I’m overwhelmed with all the birthday wishes, thanks to everyone for sending them, makes me feel important!”
“Happy birthday DW!” – Netizens wish the “overwhelmed” veteran best wishes
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Nearly for two decades, his charm, passion, and extensive knowledge of the sport amplified more than 300 Cup telecasts until he stepped down for good four years ago in 2019. His expert opinion was certainly a thing of beauty as the veteran called the shots from the booth, giving the fandom deeper insights into the world of NASCAR.
“Happy birthday DW! I’ll turn 73 this year. I’ve followed most of your career. You are IMPORTANT to all American racing fans!” Wishing the champion, another user wrote, “Happy birthday DW! I miss seeing you on Sundays, but I’m glad I was able to watch you and your career. Here is to another year! Boogity Boogity Boogity AMEN!”
via Getty CONCORD, NC – MAY 18: Former NASCAR Champion and TV personality Darrell Waltrip, answers phones during the NASCAR Day Telethon at Sam Bass Gallery on May 18, 2007 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Soon others joined the party, wishing their favorite driver happy birthday – “Happy Birthday to my childhood hero!” Another, ardent fan went down memory lane, reminiscing the moment he shared with the driver in Charlotte, “Happy Birthday to my favorite driver of all time! I’m the guy that camped by your house in Charlotte! I owned the Mt Dew Car that I bought from your used car lot in Franklin! I have a Western Auto Car that I want you to sign the dash! I can come by your dealership any time! Thank.”
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