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Michael Waltrip

Team: Driver is Retired
Age / DOB:  (55) / 4/30/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 210

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Michael Waltrip did not win in his final race, but he ended his career in style with an eighth-place finish in the Daytona 500.
This was the 133rd top-10 of his career in 784 starts. Most of Waltrip’s success came on restrictor-plate, superspeedways or the faster unrestricted, intermediate tracks. He has been an uneven value on plate tracks since retiring from fulltime racing, but it was great to see him finish on such a high note. Sun, Feb 26, 2017 07:53:00 PM

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Michael Waltrip will compete in his 30th Daytona 500 with a chartered entry for Premium Motorsports.

Waltrip has started every Daytona 500 he attempted except for the 2012 edition. He is widely considered a great plate racer because of a pair of 500 wins in 2001 and 2003, but he has not cracked the top 20 in his last five starts in this event. He did, however, have a fifth-place finish in the 2013 Coke Zero 400 and was ninth in 2012.
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Michael Waltrip continues to make starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways and is often considered one of the top dark horses there. He has not scored a top-10 and has only one top-15 in his last nine starts on this track type.

As recently as 2013, Waltrip scored back to back top-fives on the big tracks, however, and if he is needed to extend one’s salary cap, he is an acceptable risk. He finished 30th and on the lead lap in this year’s Daytona 500.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 02:15:00 PM

Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip tangled in Wednesday’s practice for the Daytona 500 duels in Daytona. Newman has to slow for the No. 40 and stacked up the field. Waltrip ran into the back of him.

Newman will try to repair his car and participated in Thursday’s final practice before the Duels. Waltrip will roll out a backup, but he should still be able to get to the front of the field.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 12:41:00 PM

Michael Waltrip will attempt to make his 114th start on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway when he climbs behind the wheel of the No. 83 BK Racing Toyota for Daytona 500 qualification. This team will have Matt DiBenedetto behind the wheel for the remainder of the season while the Young Gun climbs into a third entry for the organization during the opening week.

Waltrip has been successful on this track type with four wins and 15 top-fives. Since he will not be running the full season, he is a better than average pick in nearly any fantasy game, but his popularity will insure that he will not allow players to differentiate their roster from the competition.
Thu, Feb 4, 2016 07:37:00 PM

Scott Miller has been named as the replacement for Ryan Pemberton at NASCAR in the role of Senior Vice President of Competition. He moves to NASCAR after serving four years as the Vice President of Competition for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Former VP Pemberton also came from the ranks of the competition and this tendency to bring in executives with real-world experience is one of the things that keep NASCAR vibrant and interesting. After Matt Kenseth was penalized for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway this fall, fantasy owners should look for some substantive changes in how races are officiated in 2016. Penalties for aggressive driving could mar quite a few rosters next season.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Experience counts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways and no one has more than Michael Waltrip this week. When the engines fire over the Geico 500, he will start his 114th restrictor-plate, superspeedway race.

Waltrip has 31 top-10s to his credit on this track type, of which four are victories. His latest top-10 at Talladega SuperSpeedway came as recently as 2013 in the Aaron’s 499 when he finished fourth.
Fri, May 1, 2015 11:34:00 AM

Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3.

Waltrip, founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, replaces 22-year-old Brett Moffitt who has driven MWR’s No. 55 since the March 22nd race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. "Talladega is a place where I know we will be very competitive," said Waltrip who owns four restrictor plate victories including a Talladega win in the fall of 2003. "This will be my 58th Sprint Cup start at Talladega so believe me when I tell you Talladega is some of the best racing in the world and I’m glad I’ll get to be part of it again in the Aaron’s Dream Machine."-Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 08:23:00 PM

Michael Waltrip finished only 19th in his Gatorade Duel in Daytona and rode in the back of the pack for most of the evening. He needed to take care of his equipment, knowing that he would have a fast enough qualification speed or enough owner points on which to make the show.

Waltrip said during Friday morning’s practice that he was happy to be unleashed for the Daytona 500. He has never skipped this event since he stopped running full time and that means he will be sharp in race trim. His most recent top-five on this track came in the 2013 Coke Zero 400.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 03:09:00 PM

MWR co-founder and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 in the 57th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 22.

Doctors have medically cleared Brian Vickers to return to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in early March, three months after corrective heart surgery. Vickers will make his season debut in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8. MWR will name a substitute driver for the March 1 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway later.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Michael Waltrip’s run on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars enters its sixth week Monday which means he’ll have plenty of work to do on and off the track at Talladega Superspeedway.

When he isn’t driving the No. 66 Toyota, he and his dance partner Emma Slater will be in Talladega practicing the dance they’ll perform Monday night. The pair plan to fly to Los Angeles immediately after Sunday’s race. Waltrip will also perform his commentary duties for FS1’s truck series coverage this weekend in Talladega.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 08:35:00 PM

Michael Waltrip (No. 1 Green #1 Toyota) has one win, three top fives, five top 10s in eight career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts.

Win came at Fountain, Colo., in 1997. Finished 20th in lone start at All American Speedway (2013). Has four wins, including two Daytona 500 victories, four poles, 41 top fives and 132 top 10s in 777 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 07:32:00 PM

No. 66 BlueDEF Toyota driver Michael Waltrip heads to Talladega Superspeedway for his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of 2014.

The Owensboro, Ky., native saw his bid for a third Daytona 500 victory end in a lap 144 crash in February. Waltrip nearly won the October 2012 Talladega race before a last lap wreck took him out of contention. In 55 starts at Talladega Waltrip owns one win (September 2003), eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. He has also led 233 laps.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 04:41:00 PM

No. 66 BlueDEF/AAA Toyota driver Michael Waltrip begins his quest for a third Daytona 500 victory when practice and qualifying begins this weekend for the Feb. 23 Daytona 500.

He owns two wins (2001 and 2003), four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has led 11 races for 176 laps. Overall stats: Waltrip owns four Sprint Cup, 11 Nationwide and one Camping World Truck Series victory. He’s led 1,405 laps in Sprint Cup competition. Waltrip has started 774 Sprint Cup races, 279 Nationwide races and nine truck events. In four starts in 2013, Waltrip posted two top five finishes. He has also led four laps and completed 740 of 741 laps.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Michael Waltrip Racing announced a partnership with Jay Robinson Racing enabling the No. 66 Toyota Camry to race in all 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup events.

Waltrip will drive the No. 66 in the Daytona 500 and again in the May Talladega race. Jeff Burton will race the No. 66 in six to eight races during the season, including his first race on March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Robinson has named Joe Nemechek as the primary driver for the remainder of the races. BlueDEF will sponsor MWR’s No. 66 Toyota that Waltrip will drive in a bid to win his third Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 08:03:00 PM