Annual Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship event recognized Darrell and Michael Waltrip have been selected by the National Motorsports Press Association as the organization's Spirit Award recipient for the fourth quarter of 2014. The brothers were recognized for their annual Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship event, which raised $450,000 through an auction, dinner and golf tournament. The proceeds from the fifth annual event benefit several organizations including Motor Racing Outreach (a non-profit organization that ministers to the needs of families of those involved in NASCAR ), Feed the Children (a U.S.-based anti-hunger organization) and Tucker's House (an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities that require modifications at home for safety, accessibility and therapy). Darrell Waltrip was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, won three premier series titles and 84 premier series races in his storied career. Michael Waltrip is a four-time winner in the sport's premier series with two victories in the Daytona 500 and is also the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, which fields two full-time cars in the Sprint Cup Series . Also receiving votes for the second quarter award were the Kyle Busch Foundation and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter . Lynda Petty, the late wife of seven-time premier series champion Richard Petty, Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr . and longtime car owner Junie Donlavey, who passed away in June, have also won the quarterly award this year. An overall winner of the 2014 NMPA Spirit Award will be determined by the members of the NMPA and announced on January 25, 2015 at the association's annual convention in Concord, North Carolina. The NMPA Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the race of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! RELATED: Waltrip's Daytona moments " Daytona schedule DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He's still just "Margaret and Leroy's little boy," but Michael Waltrip is pushing 54 and Sunday he'll be making his final start in the Daytona 500 . "I just thought it was a cool place to run my last race," Waltrip said during Wednesday's annual media day at Daytona International Speedway . It will be his 30th start in a race and at a place that still generates a wide range of emotions for the Owensboro, Kentucky, native. His record of futility was a solid 462 races heading into the 2001 Daytona 500 when he finally made it to Victory Lane in his first start for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Jubilation was short-lived. In a race that crowned a new Daytona 500 champion, the sport lost one of its biggest figures -- team owner and seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt. Waltrip , the younger brother of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip , won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series biggest race again in 2003. He won the summer race at Daytona in '02 and the fall stop at Talladega the following year. "I try not to get reflective or nostalgic because it's too emotional," he said of his Daytona memories. "Mostly I just think about getting to race the car. Obviously I have faced the range of emotions that humans probably aren't designed to face and it all probably happened within 10 seconds, so that's hard to think about. "But I love coming to Daytona, I've been coming here since I was a kid, so every time you talk about coming to Daytona I get a big smile on my face which is crazy but that's racing I guess." Outside the car, he works as a NASCAR analyst for FOX "and I've got great teammates there," he said. For 32 years he's made at least one start in the series -- the last time he ran a full schedule was '09. He will suit up for a final time with help from long-time sponsor Aaron's -- they've been with him in some form or fashion for nearly two decades -- and Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson in the team's No. 15 Toyota . "When we ran last year's Daytona 500 (with BK Racing ) it didn't go well," he said. "We didn't run good and I guess we got in a little bit of a fender-bender and messed up the car. I didn't want to quit like that. So I went to Talladega (with Premium) and we got a 12th-place finish, ran up front a little bit. "Then I decided we would try to have one more competitive run down here. You've got to quit sometime." For Waltrip , sometime comes Sunday. "When we close the books on this it will say 11 XFINITY Series wins and one Camping World Truck win and it will definitely say four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup wins, maybe it will say five," he said. "But I qualified 35th so unless our strategy is we've got 'em right where we want 'em … we might be in a little bit of trouble on this one. "But I'm looking forward to trying." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The respect was there from the beginning, a carryover from years of competing against one another on the track. The understanding has been a bit slower to materialize as the two former rivals became co-workers, but it's coming along nicely according to NASCAR on FOX analyst Jeff Gordon . The four-time premier series champion, speaking Tuesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, said there are no issues between himself and fellow NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip . "We all understand the age difference and the different eras where we were dominant in our sport, but the respect that DW and I have for one another has always been there," Gordon, 44, said during an appearance to help promote this Sunday's STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Martinsville Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Gordon retired from driving at the conclusion of the 2015 season with 93 victories to go along with his four titles. Waltrip , a staple in the FOX broadcast booth since 2001, ended his career with 84 wins and three championships. "In the booth, even though we might not always agree on things, because we have common respect for one another … it probably took a little bit of time of that understanding and having more personal time together, at dinner and meetings and texting back and forth - but our relationship is great," Gordon said. "And I think we're having a lot of fun." There have been differences of opinion, but Gordon said fans shouldn't read "controversy" into those situations. When Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick pitted for tires and fuel under green and then inherited the lead in the Auto Club 400 thanks to a caution flag barely two laps after his stop, the question for Gordon and Waltrip was who benefited? Harvick because of the immediate gain in track position as those who hadn't previouly stopped came to pit road, or Jimmie Johnson , the race leader at the time of the caution, who restarted second after a two-tire change? "I wouldn't call it a disagreement but a difference of opinions," Gordon said of the conversation. "The nice thing … (whichever) one of us is right and one of us is wrong, we smile about it, pat one another on the back, make jabs about it and go on. I think at first fans were taking that maybe the wrong way or people at home were taking that as 'Oh man, these guys genuinely don't like one another.' "No … we do have differences of how we see things and we're going to express that. But at the end of the day we're going to have fun and enjoy those differences and not take it personally." The Auto Club Speedway discussion was similar to one just a few weeks earlier when rev limiters on the cars was the topic. Waltrip , 69, later addressed that particular discussion in a posting on the FOXSports.com website. "Some of you have tweeted suspecting there's friction, but trust me, you couldn't be more wrong," Waltrip wrote. "Just because we don't agree on everything doesn't mean I don't like him and he doesn't like me. Who wants a booth where they all think, sound and act alike? I sure don't." With five races in the booth under his belt, Gordon is becoming more comfortable in his new role. Whenever possible, he arrives at the track on Friday morning and heads into the garage as soon as it opens. "My old crew chief, Alan Gustafson, is all mad at me (saying), 'Oh sure, you stop driving and now you decide to come in the garage area at 8 o'clock when it opens up,' Gordon said. "I said, 'Yeah, I didn't need to know all this stuff before. I just drove the car.' " Those early-morning conversations allow him to catch up on topics of the day and get acquainted with many people he once raced against. "When you're up in that booth and mentioning names, it's nice to put a face with it and have a conversation with … (No. 78 crew chief) Cole Pearn comes to mind, someone I talked to at Daytona," he said. "… A lot of these guys, I've been on the other side where they're my competitors and I didn't really get to know them. "Now I'm looking at it as personalities that really make up our sport. And I don't think our job on Sunday in the broadcast booth is to come up with some revelation of 'Hey, somebody’s doing this or doing that and that's how they're getting a competitive advantage.' "It's not necessarily that, but if something happens, you want to have knowledge. And understand why they're doing that. Or why they're not doing that. Whether it's a pit call … an adjustment to the car or what the car looks like on the race track." Such understanding, he said, is important in his new role. And thus far, it's been extremely helpful. "In the times I've gone in the garage are I probably have learned more in that hour that I've been there than I have in years, actually," he said.
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Blake Koch and his No. 11 team at Kaulig Racing unveiled a throwback paint scheme for Darlington weekend that honors the iconic No. 11 paint scheme of Darrell Waltrip .