Michael Waltrip’s final start to come in 2017 Daytona 500 – Nascar
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FOX Sports analyst Michael Waltrip will make one final run at the Daytona 500 next month and then call it a career in NASCAR.
Waltrip, 53, made the announcement in a release with sponsor Aaron’s on Thursday afternoon. He is a two-time winner of the “Great American Race,” prevailing in the Daytona International Speedway opener in 2001 and 2003.
Premium Motorsports will prep the “Aaron’s #15 Thanks Mikey Toyota” for his 30th consecutive start in the Daytona 500. Waltrip has had more than a 17-year association with the Atlanta-based sponsor. Waltrip’s entry is from a chartered team, meaning he is guaranteed a spot in the 40-car field.
“I have experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows at the Great American Race,” Waltrip said in the release. “But when you are a NASCAR racer who has the privilege of racing here, you love Daytona no matter what happens. In my 30th and final Daytona 500, I am just going to enjoy every moment and be happy that Aaron’s has given me one more opportunity to hoist the Harley J. Earl trophy.”
Waltrip has been a part of FOX Sports’ coverage of NASCAR’s top division since 2012. The Kentucky native has entered no more than four races a year — primarily at Daytona and Talladega — for the last seven seasons.
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