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History and Biography
Michael Waltrip
Birthdate :  4/30/63
Hometown : Owensboro , Kentucky

Winston Cup :
Team : Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Owner : Dale & Teresa Earnhardt
Crew Chief : Steve Hmiel
Engine Builder : Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Primary Sponsor : NAPA Auto Parts
Make : Chevrolet

Busch Series :
Team : Michael Waltrip Racing
Owner : Michael Waltrip (D'uh !)
Crew Chief : Bobby Kennedy
Primary Sponsor : Aaron's
Make : Chevrolet



Michael Waltrip has been having somewhat of a Moderate Career in NASCAR : Winston Cup Competition . From the start of his career in 1986 to February 18,2001 , Waltrip could not win a single Winston Cup Points Race for 463 Races . As you know ,  Michael Waltrip is the younger brother of 3-time Winston Cup Champ , Darrell Waltrip and they have raced in The Winston Cup for about 14 years together but Darrell started in the mid-1970's .

For years , he's searched for Winning Possibilities : Sabco , Bahari Racing , Wood Brothers Racing ,Mattei Motorsports . But in 1996 with Wood Brother's Racing , Michael Waltrip finally got to victory lane in The Winston , It was great except for one thing , It wasnt an Official Points Race .

Michael Waltrip then in 1999 joined the newly formed Mattei Motorsports  , till late 2000 , Waltrip still couldnt take victory in his grasp . Finally in Late 2000 , He was accepted into Dale Earnhardt's Team : DEI and now made a member of NAPA Racing .

Then on Feb 18,2001 , Michael Waltrip took the lead at Daytona , and took the checkered flag before Teammate , Dale Earnhardt Jr. But Tragedy struck on Turn 4 when Dale Earnhardt , NASCAR's Greatest Driver of All-Time slamed into the wall and was sadly taken away from the world .

Michael Waltrip since then hasnt finished in the Top 10 or better . But Finally , Closure came when Michael Waltrip and the others returned to Daytona International Speedway for the Pepsi 400 . Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 116 of 160 laps and on the final lap , Waltrip aided Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the race .

The rest of the year looks bright for DEI as Park , Earnhardt Jr. , and Waltrip will begin their ascension to the Top of the Points Standings .

 Winston Cup 2001 Stats
Date
Race
Started
Finished
Qualifying Results
Status
Feb 18, 2001
Daytona 500
19
1
1st race/9th place
running
Feb 25, 2001
Dura Lube 400
7
19
155.379 mph
running
Mar 04, 2001
UAW-Daimler/Chrysler 400
4
13
171.603 mph
running
Mar 11, 2001
Cracker Barrel Old Country 500
10
23
191.186 mph
running
Mar 18, 2001
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
6
25
running
Mar 25, 2001
Food City 500
29
22
123.602 mph
running
Apr 01, 2001
Harrah's 500
7
39
189.235 mph
running
Apr 08, 2001
Virginia 500
35
24
92.792 mph
running
Apr 22, 2001
Talladega 500
8
29
183.575 mph
running
Apr 29, 2001
NAPA Auto Parts 500
29
43
179.645 mph
accident
May 05, 2001
Pontiac Excitement 400
12
35
123.502 mph
May 19, 2001
The Winston
19
20
running
May 27, 2001
Coca-Cola 600
28
28
181.812 mph
running
Jun 03, 2001
MBNA Platinum 400
27
43
accident
Jun 10, 2001
KMart 400
35
29
185.448 mph
running
Jun 17, 2001
Pocono 500
17
30
167.339 mph
running
Jun 24, 2001
Dodge/Save Mart 350
19
20
92.080 mph
running
Jul 07, 2001
Pepsi 400
22
2
181.459 mph
$108,850
Jul 15, 2001
Chicagoland Speedway
39
23
provisional
running
Jul 22, 2001
New England 300
18
28
130.309 mph
running
Jul 29, 2001
Pennsylvania 500
23
19
167.932 mph
running

 Busch 2001 Stats
Date
Race
Started
Finished
Qualifying Results
Status
Feb 17, 2001
Daytona International Speedway
28
37
181.803 mph
engine
Mar 03, 2001
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
33
39
164.304 mph
accident
Mar 10, 2001
Atlanta Motor Speedway
9
3
188.514 mph
$17,975
Mar 24, 2001
Bristol Motor Speedway
10
10
123.499 mph
$11,735
May 26, 2001
Lowe's Motor Speedway
39
43
Jul 14, 2001
Chicagoland Speedway
26
12
176.425 mph
running