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Two and a half waits until the great American race the Daytona -- hundred my next guest won that race.
On top winning three NASCAR championships and just last month was inducted into the NASCAR all of -- Darrell Waltrip is here he's also author of the new book and -- would.
What -- you're not doing -- good -- -- seldom looks a little bit everywhere and -- will never be the same racing tragedy and redemption my life and America's fastest sport Darrell Waltrip.
I know you're so proud of that induction I was and it's important to you look at all the -- -- com.
It's -- its voted on by your peers.
There are fifty million go in your room and and and talk about why you should be in the hall of fame and some -- your friends.
Some -- your enemies some -- people you work for summer work against so 150 guys corner and they come and they say that guy -- to be in the hall of fame.
That's that's a big honor as -- very very proud.
Yeah Alistair -- that they are no -- mind.
I -- you're there are -- get to see anybody any good as Enron I mean do you Kelly arbor -- was it not the most fun night though it was it was very -- -- an eye on that note I wanna ask you do you think raison.
In the eighties in the seven days was better than it is today because he just look at these personalities and just the competition -- sit -- You know I think what -- and if if it was and and I really I'm not sure it is if you look at competition.
If you look at the product on the track.
And then racing is better now -- it's ever been.
You know -- first time winners last year eighteen different out of one races.
Championship and ends up in a tie with the convert the -- -- I mean if you look at that the product on the track right now it's as good as it's ever been.
Then if you think about the personalities.
There was a lot of unknowns about -- a personality back and they because -- get the exposure.
-- -- we didn't have shows site if we can get to meet people like you we've met you at the racetrack a lot of print media.
So you got quoted a lot.
Not a lot of people not a lot of TV time and a lot of not appear within know a lot about it so there's that kind of what's this -- really like.
And you know perception.
There's a whole lot better than reality sometime.
And so I think the day waiting in the way these athletes are today the way these drivers are today because you know so well.
You know where they eat you know related you know you know what they're doing all the time there's new shows cover and constantly.
I think people get tired of hearing about -- truth.
Well I think so so what do what can you do what can the sport do you think and continued to improve -- come back I mean -- able viewership why's what's up last year attendance was better about a third of the tracks they stop the bleeding.
But everybody including the broadcasters has to do something to continue that -- and a and if it's not.
More news about the drivers and what does.
You know what you know day and it we went we went into account of -- slump.
Right when the economy coming tanked.
-- at -- word or not self sustaining got to have sponsors we gotta have -- -- resources and so when the economy tanked.
So a lot of they've been a lot of the sponsors pull back not so -- -- name on the car that's it's almost a given but in promotion.
And in entertainment.
And things that they were doing at the race -- themselves and so.
It was so we we we kind of hit -- becoming at all in in not only that but there was a lot going on internally with the France Finland -- junior passed away.
In and Brian takes -- brains of the of the sport.
Lisa -- have been Bruce Franklin was -- in a plane -- so we had a lot of things going on.
With the organization we have things going wrong with the sport itself and the product on the track.
Honestly when that good.
The racing one knowledge -- car car tomorrow electric cars they've improved the car.
They changed it around and in the racing this past year.
In my opinion is -- best I've seen in the last probably twenty years Tony Stewart Carl Edwards that battle they had it in the year.
And that's smack talk again which Tony story if there's a credit for me now is Ali Frazier -- -- all -- I -- in the U you know.
-- serious laid back in the day.
Do you think today is most like you as a driver.
If personality and -- -- -- -- me -- I'm serious it's not necessarily your favorite driver but his most like you.
Well I was an antagonist.
You know operational -- -- -- -- that that was mine that was my role.
The bill appreciating people don't know don't know a lot about -- junior but he would give your role to play.
Her -- was he intimidating aren't yet answered questions we have time for -- -- I think he'd been on I mean how can he drives -- wheels off his car he wins a lot.
And he's got as Smart mouth gets into trouble because a lot of trouble is great to see the book.
Is Sunday's would never be the same I read it it's incredibly moving story about you your life.
That Daytona 500 when nom de L dot Dale Earnhardt died I encourage people to buy it and the great American -- Sunday the 26 of February.
Thanks for being -- NASCAR fan hello -- -- to track.
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