He is one of the few drivers who never seems to have a girlfriend.
His wife Delana was not in attendance as she doesn't go to road course races. Post race quote from this..."I want to say hi to my wife, De Lana.
She stays home for the road course races, so Love you De Lana, sorry you aren't here.
She is the oldest of three children born to Beverly Louis (BL) and Carol Franks.
On a day when he considered sitting out because of the embarrassment caused by the investigation, when he almost came to tears in a pre-race press conference, the two-time Daytona 500 champion finally had something good happen."I'm probably the most depressing guy you'll ever see make the Daytona 500," said Waltrip, who finished eighth to make it into Sunday's 43-car field. Daytona does that to you."Waltrip has experienced some of his best and worst moments at Daytona.
Were it not for the urging of his wife, manufacturer, sponsor and NASCAR president Mike Helton, Waltrip probably would have sat out the race and spent the rest of the week as the owner of his other two Toyota teams. His first 500 win was marred by the death of then-owner Dale Earnhardt on the last lap, and he didn't get to really celebrate until he won it again a few years later. Waltrip, despite getting more attention than race winner Tony Stewart, showed no joy as he exited his car. People know that I can do this without cheating pretty good."White watched as Waltrip addressed the media in the infield media center.
His wife, Buffy, is a recognizable personality too that continues to use her marketability to deliver sponsor messages to fans in the NASCAR community.
Buffy's most recent project includes modeling and advertising jewelry via billboards and catalogs for Fink's Jewelers, a Virginia-based company that also services North Carolina.