Love him or hate him, Darrell Waltrip is a NASCAR institution, and he's a centerpiece of the sport's broadcast strategy. He's an avowed homer, openly cheering for certain drivers like his brother and Dale Earnhardt Jr., but he's also a huge fan of the sport itself, and his enthusiasm bleeds out of your TV speakers with every boogity.
And now, love him or hate him, you're going to have ol' DW around for another three years, as he's agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the Fox broadcast booth for the rest of Fox's current NASCAR term. DW will be spinning his homespun wisdom through the 2014 season.
"Being a part of the NASCAR on Fox team has given me an opportunity to share my passion and love for NASCAR," Waltrip "said" in a statement. "I never thought there would be anything that could replace the thrill of driving race cars. I was wrong. Bringing that thrill to the fans at home every week is just as exciting."
For whatever reason, NASCAR fans just love to dissect the minutiae of television coverage, and this will play right into that debate. So, your take on DW? Good for the sport, or relic? Bringing enthusiasm and passion, or country-fried corn? Have your say, friends.