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Darrell Waltrip recovering from surgery, to miss Sprint Unlimited and qualifying

Feb 15, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

Photo courtesy Fox Sports Photo courtesy Fox Sports

There won’t be any boogity, boogity, boogity-ing during Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited or Sunday’s qualifying for the Daytona 500.

NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox Sports TV analyst Darrell Waltrip will not be in the announcing booth for either event after undergoing successful gall bladder surgery Thursday.

Waltrip was released from the hospital Saturday morning.

In a statement released by Fox, “Darrell Waltrip underwent a minor surgical procedure [Thursday] near his home in Tennessee and is resting comfortably. We wish him a speedy recovery and his on-air status is day to day.”

Waltrip will continue to recuperate through Sunday at home and then plans on being at Daytona International Speedway on Monday, even though the track will be closed to on-track action.

Younger brother Michael will replace his older brother in the Fox Sports announcing booth during the Sprint Unlimited.

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  1. dickeyjames - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    At least we won’t be hauked toyotas for qualifying and the unlimited

  2. jimatmad - Feb 15, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Every Waltrip the ISN’T in the booth is a good thing.

    I do like racing but I just can’t stand those guys.

  3. thfc54 - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Good …I loved Darrell when he was a driver. Can’t stand him as an analyst. Keep Michael.

  4. leghound69 - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Could they give him a hysterectomy while he’s there.I hate that loud-mouthed idiot.No wonder the old drivers called him “JAWS” & ran away when he walked around the garage.
    Now we know why his daddy-in-law financed his first NASCAR race.You can’t hear the moron talking while he’s in a racecar.

  5. biggdaddy007 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    hopefully they wired his mouth shut DW really means DIM WHITT

  6. worknman24hours - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    A lot of hate here for Darrell.

    Pretty sad-I missed the boggity boggity at the start of the season.

    Get better Darrell-gall bladder problems hurt like hell.

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