Thursday, April 12, 2012

Darrell Waltrip inducted into Walk of Fame

Per SportingNews, NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip came home Wednesday to promote the International Bluegrass Music Museum. And while he was here, the city made the three-time Winston Cup champion the first inductee into its new Walk of Fame.

Mayor Ron Payne unveiled an 18-by-12-inch brass plaque with Waltrip's name and an engraving of a stock car. At the bottom is the No. 1.

Eventually, Payne said people will be able to stop at each plaque on the walk, punch in the number and listen to the accomplishments of that person on an mp3 player.

"Wow, that's beautiful," Waltrip said of the plaque. "That's a huge honor. I am very proud of this."

Moments earlier, Waltrip had joined Leroy's Boys, a group of local musicians, on stage to perform a new song, "Owensboro Boogie," before a packed house at the bluegrass museum.

He strummed banjo and sang with the band to the tune written by Gabrielle Gray, the museum's executive director.