By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR TV personality, team owner and semi-retired driver Michael Waltrip will dust off his driving helmet to compete in Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He’ll compete from behind the wheel of the No. 98 Toyota entry of Premium Motorsports with support from his own Michael Waltrip Racing. An MWR crew will prepare the car. He’ll have sponsorship from Maxwell House.
“Racing in Talladega is always fun for me. I got my last win there in 2003 and had a couple of chances to win there since,” Waltrip said. “I look forward to putting on my helmet and uniform representing Maxwell House. They have been a great partner of MWR this season and I look forward to racing their colors this weekend. Back in 1990 I drove the Maxwell House car and it’s kind of cool to have a retro feel this weekend. I know the guys here at MWR are going to build me a really fast Toyota and hopefully I can get to the right place at the right time and pull off the big upset.”
Waltrip’s most recent win at the Sprint Cup level came at Talladega in 2003. Waltrip last competed full-time as a driver in 2009, but in the years since has run a few races yearly, mostly at the restrictor plate tracks of Talladega and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Waltrip has four-career wins at the Cup level, three at Daytona and the 2003 victory at Talladega.
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