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Michael Waltrip

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Born:  April 30, 1963
Hometown:  Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Nickname:  Mikey

Former NASCAR driver, younger brother of Winston Cup legend Darrell Waltrip.

In his long career, he raced for 15 full seasons with Bahari Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, and Mattei Motorsports before notching his first points race victory, the 2001 Daytona 500).  He was driving his 463rd NASCAR Winston Cup race but his first race for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

At the end of his time driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Michael drove for Bill Davis Racing while forming his own team, Michael Waltrip Racing, where he would eventually end his full-time career.


1983 NASCAR Darlington Dash Series Champion
2001 Daytona 500 Winner
2003 Daytona 500 Winner


Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Michael Waltrip page on 30 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Michael Curtis Waltrip is an American former professional stock car racing driver, racing commentator, and published author. He is the younger brother of three-time NASCAR champion and racing commentator Darrell Waltrip. Waltrip is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, having won the race in 2001 and 2003. He is also a pre-race analyst for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and color commentator for the Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broadcasts for Fox Sports. He last raced in the 2017 Daytona 500, driving the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Premium Motorsports.

According to his autobiography In the Blink of An Eye, Waltrip's career started at age 15. When he was 15 he phoned his older brother Darrell Waltrip, who was out racing in the 1978 Daytona 500 and asked Darrell to help him build a career in NASCAR. Darrell, however, claimed he had no time to help him and advised that Michael focused on school. When Michael asked his dad for help, his dad ignored his requests. With none of his parental figures helping him, Michael built his racing career all by himself with influence & help from his older brother Bobby Waltrip, who was very close to him in childhood. He began building a career by racing go-karts at carnivals and various racing clubs around his hometown. He won many races and, thanks to Bobby's help, was noticed by rising hotshot star Dale Earnhardt. When Waltrip moved out of his house, he moved in with Kyle Petty and then he ultimately ended up living with Richard Petty as a roommate. When Michael explained to Petty that he was going to try the Busch Series (now the Xfinity Series) to build his NASCAR career, Petty told Michael he was "wasting his time" and advised that Michael immediately went for the Cup Series ride.


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1985 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1985 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400 1985 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400 1986 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1986 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1986 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1986 Goody's 500 1986 Goody's 500
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1987 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400 1987 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1988 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400 1988 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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1989 Michael Waltrip Car at the 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400 1989 Champion Spark Plug 400
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Michael Waltrip 1994 Miller Genuine Draft 400 1994 Miller Genuine Draft 400
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Michael Waltrip 2004 2004 Checker Auto Parts 500
Michael Waltrip signing autographs from his trailer
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Michael Waltrip Signing Autographs Kobalt Tools 400
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Winner's Circle 288761:24 scale, Michael Waltrip #15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 30Michael Waltrip#30 Pennzoil Pontiac
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC11Michael Waltrip#21 Citgo Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC60Screamin' Steel: Michael Waltrip Citgo#21 Citgo Ford Thunderbird
Collector Card - 1996 Upper Deck Road to the Cup RC96Changin' Gears: Michael Waltrip#21 Citgo Ford Thunderbird
Die Cast - Action 104537#99 Aaron's / 3 Stooges1:24 scale #99 Aaron's/The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Die Cast - Action 104082#99 Aaron's Rent1:24 scale #99 Aaron's 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Die Cast - Action 103984#15 NAPA / Nilla Wafers1:24 scale #15 NAPA/Nilla Wafers 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Die Cast - Racing Champions 0092750 Years of NASCAR Commemorative Series, 1:64 scale #21 Citgo/Goodwill Games Ford Taurus, Toys "R" Us, Production 9,998
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 18088-0912Team Hot Wheels Pro Racing, small scale, #21 CitgoFord Thunderbird, 1st Edition Short Track 1997
Die Cast - Revell 8636Pennzoil Pontiac #30#30 Pennzoil Pontiac Grand Prix
Die Cast - Racing Champions 01151Michael Waltrip1:64 scale, #30 Pennzoil Pontiac Grand Prix<


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 January 2003NASCAR Winston Cup PreviewKevin Harvick
Ryan Newman
Ricky Rudd
Rusty Wallace
Michael Waltrip
16 February 2003NASCAR Winston Cup Series: Daytona 500Michael Waltrip
6 August 2005NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Brickyard 400Kyle Busch
Jeremy Mayfield
Elliott Sadler
Michael Waltrip
30 January 2007NASCAR Media ConferenceKurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Dale Jarrett
Juan Pablo Montoya
Michael Waltrip
15 February 2007NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Gatorade DuelDale Earnhardt, Jr.
Boris Said
Michael Waltrip
16 February 2008Random Lugnuts: Michael Waltrip at The Daytona 500Bill Crittenden
29 June 2008NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 301Michael Waltrip
J.J. Yeley
10 January 2009NASCAR Sprint Sound & Speed FestivalDenny Hamlin
Randy Houser
Reed Sorenson
David Stremme
Michael Waltrip
17 January 2009NASCAR Preseason Fan FestivalMichael Waltrip
25 May 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Coca-Cola 600Rodney Childers
David Reutimann
Buzzie Reutimann
Michael Waltrip
7 July 2009Michael Waltrip Racing Media ConferenceTy Norris
Bob Susor
Martin Truex, Jr.
Darrell Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
9 January 2010NASCAR Sprint Sound & Speed presented by SunTrustClint Bowyer
Reed Sorenson
Michael Waltrip
Chuck Wicks
Chris Young
11 February 2010NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Gatorade Duel 2Michael Waltrip
17 February 2011NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Gatorade Duel 2Travis Kvapil
Michael Waltrip
18 February 2011NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: NextEra Energy Resources 250Tom Davis
Doug Howe
Michael Waltrip
24 June 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350Clint Bowyer
Brian Pattie
Michael Waltrip
8 September 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400Clint Bowyer
Brian Pattie
Michael Waltrip
13 October 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Bank of America 500Clint Bowyer
Brian Pattie
Michael Waltrip
16 January 2013Grand-Am Road Racing Media ConferenceMichael Waltrip
21 February 2013NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Budweiser Duel 1Greg Biffle
Juan Pablo Montoya
Michael Waltrip
23 June 2013NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota/Save Mart 350Chad Johnston
Martin Truex, Jr.
Michael Waltrip
19 August 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
Michael Waltrip
Greg Zipadelli


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