The Racing Waltrip’s, Michael, Inducted Into Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

The Birthday boy, Michael Waltrip, joined his older brother Darrell, as a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Michael, born on April 30, 1963 in Owensboro Kentucky is probably best know for winning the Daytona 500 not once, but twice. Michael currently resides in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina and is co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. Waltrip drives a self-owned #51 NAPA Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series on a part time basis. He is also a part-time commentator for SPEED TV’s coverage of the Camping World Truck Series and is a member of the “expert panel” on SPEED Channel’s This Week in NASCAR program.

Here are some excerpts from the article published in the Courier-Journal.

Michael Waltrip brought the star power Wednesday night as the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its new class. Media and fans flocked to Waltrip. So did his famous older brother.

You win the Daytona 500, that happens. You win it twice, well … “What I love most about it is when people introduce me as ‘two-time Daytona 500 champion,’” Waltrip said. “That never gets old.”

Waltrip, who will turn 47 Friday, won the Daytona 500 in 2001 and 2003. He won his first go-kart race at age 11, he recalled. Six years later, he drove a 1979 Mercury Capri to victory in a feature race near his hometown, Owensboro.

Darrell, who is 16 years older, recalled his long-ago advice to Michael: “I always told him, ‘Dude, if you can only win one race — take it from an old guy — make it Daytona.’ So he listened pretty good.”

Full story via The Courier-Journal.

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