BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live!RELATED: Waltrip’s Daytona moments | Daytona schedule DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — He’s still just “Margaret and Leroy’s little boy,” but Michael Waltrip is pushing 54 and Sunday he’ll be making his final start in the Daytona 500. “I just thought it was a cool place to run my last race,” Waltrip said during Wednesday’s annual media day at Daytona International Speedway. It will be his 30th start in a race and at a place that still generates a wide range of emotions for the Owensboro, Kentucky, native. His record of futility was a solid 462 races heading into the 2001 Daytona 500 when he finally made it to Victory Lane in his first start for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Jubilation was short-lived. In a race that crowned a new Daytona 500 champion, the sport lost one of its biggest figures — team owner and seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt. Waltrip, the younger brother of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip, won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series biggest race again in 2003. He won the summer race at Daytona in ’02 and the fall stop at Talladega the following year. “I try not to get reflective or nostalgic because it’s too emotional,” he said of his Daytona memories. “Mostly I just think about getting to race the car. Obviously I have faced the range of emotions that humans probably aren’t designed to face and it all probably happened within 10 seconds, so that’s hard to think about. “But I love coming to Daytona, I’ve been coming here since I was a kid, so every time you talk about coming to Daytona I get a big smile on my face which is crazy but that’s racing I guess.” Outside the car, he works as a NASCAR analyst for FOX “and I’ve got great teammates there,” he said. &amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt; For 32 years he’s made at least one start in the series — the last time he ran a full schedule was ’09. He will suit up for a final time with help from long-time sponsor Aaron’s — they’ve been with him in some form or fashion for nearly two decades — and Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson in the team’s No. 15 Toyota. “When we ran last year’s Daytona 500 (with BK Racing) it didn’t go well,” he said. “We didn’t run good and I guess we got in a little bit of a fender-bender and messed up the car. I didn’t want to quit like that. So I went to Talladega (with Premium) and we got a 12th-place finish, ran up front a little bit. “Then I decided we would try to have one more competitive run down here. You’ve got to quit sometime.” For Waltrip, sometime comes Sunday. “When we close the books on this it will say 11 XFINITY Series wins and one Camping World Truck win and it will definitely say four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup wins, maybe it will say five,” he said. “But I qualified 35th so unless our strategy is we’ve got ’em right where we want ’em … we might be in a little bit of trouble on this one. “But I’m looking forward to trying.”
FANS has announced a live re-broadcast of the Lettuce tribute to Jerry Garcia Band at LOCKN’ 2018 which featured a slew of talented friends including Eric Krasno, Bob Weir, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, and more. The event is set to take place on Wednesday, May 27th at 9:00 p.m. ET.The That Show Was Epic virtual event, hosted on FANS’ immersive livestreaming platform, will feature live commentary from Lettuce members Adam Deitch (drums), Erick “Jesus” Coomes, and Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) as well as a live Q&A hosted by Live For Live Music founder Kunj Shah.For more information on how you can “Be In The Stream” on FANS for the Lettuce JGB tribute rewind, head here. To RSVP and access the stream when it goes live, head to the event page on FANS here.Setlist: Lettuce with Eric Krasno (JGB Tribute) | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018Set: Finders Keepers, I Second That Emotion, Stop That Train$*+, After Midnight*#, Sugaree*#%, Tangled Up In Blue*#%, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#%, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)*#%, Cats Under The Stars*#, They Love Each Other*#$ with bassist Oteil Burbridge | + keyboardist Kofi Burbridge | * vocalist Alecia Chakour and vocalist Mark Rivers | # with John Mayer | % with Bob WeirLettuce will also be taking part in Live For Live Music’ Quarantine Comes Alive, a virtual music festival, on Saturday, May 30th. All proceeds from the donation-based event will be split between the participating artists and the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. Working directly with leading non-profit organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, and Backline, the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund’s goal is to provide aid where it’s needed most. For more information or to donate/RSVP today, head here.
Matt Loede It was one of the most insane calls of the 2018 season, but at this point, it is something that Browns fans are probably use to.The play of course was the hit on Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield in the fourth quarter of the Browns 26-23 overtime loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a hit that looked like live and on replay should have been 15 yards for a helmet to helmet hit.It was a 15-yard penalty – at least at first.That is until the officials picked up the flag, making one of the most mind boggling calls that it seems like has ever been made, stating that Mayfield was ‘allowed to be hit in the head.’“There’s a lot of emphasis being put on protecting the QB. Doesn’t seem like the Browns are getting a lot of calls,” Mayfield said after the game. Here’s the original play in which the penalty was [email protected] turns on the jets!#CLEvsTB pic.twitter.com/cRkV0LKl08— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 21, 2018Here’s a closer look at the hit by Buccaneers Jordan Whitehead, who clearly hit Mayfield in the head without question. The #NFL picked up this flag in the #Browns game after stating Baker had not yet begun his slide and therefore was “allowed to be hit in the head”?… Yet here is clear helmet to helmet head hunting. What a sham of a league. pic.twitter.com/DX3TwhoN0J— Paul Congiusta (@ShiftyJuice) October 21, 2018Here’s the official with the unreal explanation on the call:REF STRAIGHT UP SAID BAKER WAS ALOUD TO BE HIT IN THE HEAD! What is going on @Reflog_18? pic.twitter.com/SJk83yZ6fl— ??Crusty Old Dean? (@DFSBBallGuy) October 21, 2018After the game, Mayfield chatted with the media about the call. #Browns QB Baker Mayfield with his thoughts on the helmet-to-helmet no call against the #Buccaneers pic.twitter.com/6TlyIv2JW1— Owen Lademann (@OwenOnTheBoard) October 21, 2018The call did not sit well with Browns fans, who took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. @NFL @bakermayfield Would someone care to explain to those of us who suffer week to week day to day as Browns fans how in the world it is ok to hit a quarterback in the head just because he is running the ball?! That came straight from an NFL Referee’s mouth #BrownsvsBucs #OverIt https://t.co/AY737bWs9r— Trenton Lightle (@trentonlightle) October 21, 2018 Oh yeah that was DEFINITELY a targeting call the refs missed on Baker Mayfield. I was at the game and the ref said:“The QB was still considered a runner so there for he is able to be HIT IN THE HEAD….” …all #Browns fans in the stadium. Like how ref? How?? pic.twitter.com/VmOnk39iyI— GeAndra. (@geandraimani) October 21, 2018 “The quarterback was still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head. He had not yet begun his slide. There is no foul,” hey @NFL, @bakermayfield is “allowed to be hit in the head”??? Uhhhhhh wut? @Browns pic.twitter.com/sMoPHRk3ed— Rich Lowe (@RLowe091) October 21, 2018 I can’t wait for @NFLOfficiating to explain that Baker mayfield hit— Carmen podojil (@CarmenPodojil) October 22, 2018 @NFL Helmet to helmet hits on @Browns @bakermayfield are okay? Penalty called, then reversed. Refs are terrible this season. #trash #CLEvsTB pic.twitter.com/oVapigwwOx— Gerald Mansfield (@sd6collectibles) October 21, 2018 Related TopicsBaker MayfieldBrowns How is a hit to the head legal simply because Mayfield was running? That looked like clear targeting. Still nice play by Baker gives #Browns a decent scoring chance.— Adam Copeland (@exiledclevelndr) October 21, 2018 @Browns @bakermayfield The NFL refs continue to disappoint this season! Obvious helmet-to-helmet hit, but it’s just the Browns so don’t worry about OUR quarterback! ? #Browns #CLEvsTB pic.twitter.com/tVmgF5Mnud— Jamie Cress See (@JamieSee) October 21, 2018 But Baker Mayfield was a runner so “he’s allowed to be hit in the head” get tf outta here @NFL @NFLOfficiating #browns pic.twitter.com/JwjwRv9AcG— Allie (@AllieM1993) October 21, 2018 @nfl is ridiculous! Shame on you @nflcommish. #Browns dirty hit on Baker Mayfield to the head! Pathetic! If that’s Tom Brady it’s called. Bullshit!!!! pic.twitter.com/jdZP80LZdq— Jeff (@uxcle) October 21, 2018 Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
The following people were indicted by the Campbell County Grand Jury on Wednesday. They will be arraigned in criminal court of JMonday, uly 23 at 8:30 am.-Bobby Boshears, Jr.- three count of assault, evading arrest, resisting arrest, public intoxication-Lesha Massengill- three counts of felony reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident with injury-Ryan Daniel- DUI, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance-Randy Lowe- possession of a firearm by a convicted felon-Gary Weldon- violation of the sex offender registry, perjury (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/13/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter