Darrell Waltrip's No. 17 Tide Chevrolet

Darrell Waltrip lined up from the outside pole position in the 1989 Daytona 500, his 17th start in the Great American Race. When the green flag waved, he immediately steered the No. 17 Tide Chevrolet into the lead and paced the field for the first 10 laps. Waltrip led 10 more circuits (Laps 83-92) and put himself in position to contend for the victory, when fuel-mileage concerns began to surface. With four laps remaining in the race, Waltrip was back in the lead and he radioed to crew chief Jeff Hammond that he didn’t think he could make it on fuel. Waltrip’s wife Stevie, meanwhile, was calculating that in the pits and encouraged Hammond that if Waltrip could nurse the No. 17 Chevrolet, they could win. He did, and within four laps, Waltrip was crying, dancing and celebrating his first Daytona 500 victory, the second for team owner Rick Hendrick. The Daytona 500 crown was one of nine wins that Waltrip celebrated during his four years with Hendrick Motorsports. Waltrip also notably won the fall race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway three straight seasons (1987-89) driving the No. 17 Tide Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

  • Team 17
  • Series Sprint Cup
  • Driver Darrell Waltrip
  • Crew Chief Jeff Hammond

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