Waltrip visits Carson-Newman

Waltrip visits Carson-Newman

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JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) - Darrell Waltrip hasn't raced at Bristol since 2000, but the 3-time Sprint Cup Series champion would enjoy another shot.

"It's everything a driver lives for. It's fast, it's difficult, it's treacherous," Waltrip said during a visit to Carson-Newman University on Tuesday night. 

"You're always racing somebody. It's the most fun race track I have ever raced on. It's my favorite and if I could say ok, where do yo want to race one more time DW?. It would be Bristol."

Waltrip has twelve wins on the high-banked, half-mile track-- more than any other driver. His last win there came in 1992.

Waltrip has spent the past thirteen seasons covering racing on network television.

While he won't be in the broadcast booth for this weekend's race (WATE-TV, Sat. 7:30pm), he is aware of the biggest issue out there-- Mark Martin taking over for injured Tony Stewart inside the No. 14 car.

"He (Martin) is not going to have a lot of time to get comfortable in the car, so he's going to be relying on (crew chief) Steve Addington and the notes they have," Waltrip said.

"Mark will do an amazing job. He can win any race. He can win any week wherever we go. He will be really good at Atlanta. He is awesome at the mile-and-a-halves. He might get a win in that car before the year is over."

Waltrip was in Jefferson City for a Carson-Newman benefit to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Dumplin Valley.

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