Darrell Waltrip: Becoming a Christian Transformed His Life


And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

Darrell and Stevie Waltrip

Former NASCAR driver and hall-of-famer Darrell Waltrip was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast today. Mr. Waltrip spoke about how his Christian conversion transformed his life, recalling that he previously lived a life in which he primarily sought personal satisfaction.

“I did everything to satisfy me,” he said.

“I just don’t have time for this church stuff,” he once told his wife, Stevie.

Then he was in a severe crash during a race, and everything changed. “It scared the hell out of me. I mean that literally. I realized, what if I had lost my life that day at Daytona? Would I go to heaven or would I have gone to hell? I thought I was a good guy, but folks, let me tell you something: good guys go to hell.”

He continued, “If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, if you don’t have a relationship, if he’s not the master of your life, if you’ve never gotten on your knees and asked him to forgive you of your sins, or if you are just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal, you’re going to go to hell.”

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

Doesn’t it warm your heart when Christians proclaim their faith publicly?

Learn more about Darrell Waltrip’s path to Christ here.