After a very expensive buyout of his contract with DiGard Racing, Darrell Waltrip joined the famed Junior Johnson & Association for the 1981 Winston Cup season. Because of his often-heated rivalry with Cale Yarborough, the team’s former driver, Waltrip wasn’t accepted with open arms at first. Winning, however, has a way of warming up even the coolest of relationships … and Waltrip did plenty of winning at Junior Johnson & Associates. Still, it wasn’t enough to keep him from being booed after a crash in the 1982 World 600 at Charlotte … and an infamous “meet me in the Big K parking lot” interview with writer Larry Woody. After winning three Winston Cup championships with Johnson, Waltrip received an offer to go drive for then-upstart team owner Rick Hendrick. In our second segment, Rick Houston and Steve Waid are joined by Jaret Lundberg of The Iceberg NASCAR YouTube channel for a look back at the December 17, 1981 issue of Grand National Scene, which featured coverage of NASCAR’s first trip to New York City for the Winston Cup banquet. Highlighting the issue is a glowing commentary, praising Waltrip for his superb representation of the sport.
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