Michael Waltrip. The younger brother of the famous Darrell Waltrip. Another member of a racing family who has used his racing career to only take Sunday drives going nowhere. His statistics: 25 years, 759 starts, only 4 wins. He finally won his first race, the Daytona 500, in 2001. Incidentally, that was the race in which Dale Earnhardt was fatally injured.
There was a time that I found myself pulling for Michael--back when he drove the #30 car in the 1980s. I was also a fan of his ?big mouth? brother Darrell, when he won the 1989 Daytona 500 for Rick Hendrick.
After many years of being an also-ran, Michael Waltrip decided to try car ownership, while still being the driver as well. His new team was one of the Toyota racing teams making its NASCAR debut in 2007. He managed to only qualify for 14 out of 36 races that season. This just added insult to the injury. In addition, he has dabbled in television, having appeared on a Speed Channel program.
Fast forward to 2010. Michael now says he will compete in only a couple of races this season, driving the 51 car. I don?t think the car number will make any difference!
It?s my opinion that he should have retired from driving long ago. He finally is stepping back and letting Martin Truex, Jr. drive for his new Car 56 team in 2010. Perhaps he has finally seen the handwriting on the wall. He doesn?t have what it takes to be a owner/driver, or even a driver! He shouldn?t even try to run a limited schedule.
Michael should hang up his helmet, and concentrate on being an owner.
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