Waltrip wrestles with emotions as he preps for his last Daytona 500

first_imgBUY 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. </p> 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.” last_img read more

Manchester United ‘willing to put’ offer on table for signing –…

first_imgOn September 3rd, AS reported an ‘interesting offer’ from Manchester United has arrived for Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilón, and the proposal is ‘tempting’ for the left-back. The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Sevilla after Zinedine Zidane decided to bet on Marcelo and Ferland Mendy.Sport now claims the Spaniard’s future is ‘still up in the air’ because the Frenchman wants to continue relying on his compatriot and Marcelo for the upcoming season.The La Liga winners, for their part, are not clear whether to send Reguilón out on loan again or sell him to raise funds in a time of economic difficulty.United’s interest gets a mention and it’s claimed the Old Trafford club are ‘willing to put €25m or €30m on the table’ for the fullback.Embed from Getty ImagesOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, however, ‘does not seem the most suitable team’ to sign Reguilón because of ‘bad relations’ between the two sides.There’s no explanation given for this, but it could be due to Real Madrid’s failure to sign David de Gea and Paul Pogba in the past.Sevilla also maintain an interest, and Sport state Reguilón wouldn’t mind spending another season on loan with the Europa League winners.In addition to this, Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur are also keen.Reguilón is currently on international duty with Spain and will return to Real Madrid next week, which is when we could expect to have more clarity on his future.Radio Marca spoke to the defender and asked about his future.He said, “I’m going day by day. If I’m thinking about calls and my future, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy being with the national team. Obviously Real Madrid is my home, but it’s not easy… I have all the factors in mind.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayHero Wars根本不可能获得这个宝藏!来证明我们错了Hero WarsUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoInvest With VICShe collects rental-like income every month! See how she does it!Invest With VICUndoTip ParentsBaby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Mom Checks Camera And Calls CopsTip ParentsUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoNessa HearingPeople in Singapore Born Before 1965 Eligible for Free Hearing Aid TrialNessa HearingUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDaily Sport XShe Was A Legendary Actress – Today She Works 9 To 5Daily Sport XUndolast_img read more