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Michael Waltrip set for 26th Daytona 500

Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:06 pm
By Pete Pistone

Michael Waltrip has worked out a deal to drive for Hillman Racin gin this year's running of the Daytona 500.

The two-time Daytona 500 winner will pilot the No. 40 entry for the team owned by Mike Hillman with Aaron's sponsorship.

Hillman acquired the Camping World Truck Series assets of Germain Racing after the 2011 season and plans to expand his program to a Sprint Cup effort beginning with Waltrip at Daytona.

“I can’t think of a better way to start off the season than to have Michael Waltrip behind the wheel of our car at Daytona,” said Hillman, who credits longtime friend and co-owner Joe Falk for the inclusion of the Cup program under the Hillman Racing banner. “I’ve been in this sport a long time, but I’ve never been so excited to go to Daytona. To have two Daytona 500 champions at the start of the season – with Ward Burton in the truck and Michael in the Cup car – positions Hillman Racing for a strong debut and a chance to win both races.” 

Waltrip will now compete against the three teams he owns and drivers Martin Truex Jr., Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer in the biggest race of the year.

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Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:21 am

Michael Waltrip set for 26th Daytona 500

Good to see Michael Waltrip drive in the Daytona 500 I even believe he could win this thing???

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:53 pm

Michael Waltrip set for 26th Daytona 500

Mikey isn't worth a hill of beans anymore in standard races, but he is always a threat to win a plate race.  And he is definitely one of THE most entertaining drivers in NASCAR.  

It's almost too bad that Mikey is an owner now, because it would be great to see him in the booth soon.  He would be every bit as glib and funny as his brother is, and even less predictable.  NASCAR needs to either decide to focus on its core fans as a niche sport or find a way to bring the bandwagon-jumpers back.  Mikey might be able to help bring the casual NASCAR fan back if he is in the booth.  
I have mixed emotions here.  It's nice when NASCAR is a niche sport, but they aren't getting enough sponsors to give everyone who is qualified a chance to run.  They are going to have to do something to get those casual fans back for more than a race or two a year.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:52 am

Michael Waltrip set for 26th Daytona 500

Actually not a bad move for Hillman. Waltrip has done some good things in 500. Of course that was with Earnhardt but still a good gamble.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:39 am

Michael Waltrip set for 26th Daytona 500

Well I Hope he has his personal life in order. In recent years his marital issues compounded by some late night benders and he doesnt seem to be the draft master he once was, actually he seems to be more of a road hazzard than anything, I know I wouldnt want him behind me doing the two car tango, they could be bad for me!

P.S. "you think you could drive a little faster?"      

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