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Michael Waltrip Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Curtis Waltrip
Birth Place:
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
Race car driver, racing team co-owner

Fast Facts

  • A long-distance runner, Waltrip competed in the 2000 Boston and Tampa marathons
  • After 463 starts, got his first NASCAR win in the 2001 Daytona 500, the race in which his boss, Dale Earnhardt, was killed in a crash
  • Primary car was confiscated at the 2007 Daytona 500 after Waltrip was caught with an unidentified illegal substance in the engine
  • Was charged for reckless driving and failure to report an accident after a 2007 off-track crash
  • Qualified in the front row for the 2008 Daytona 500
  • Works for the Speed Channel as a commentator and panelist


  • Clarice Trodglen -- Aunt
  • Edna Hardesty -- Aunt
  • Emma Trodglen -- Aunt
  • Robert Lynn Waltrip -- Brother
  • Caitlin Marie Waltrip -- Daughter
  • Margaret Carol Waltrip -- Daughter
  • Leroy Waltrip -- Father
  • Charles H. Waltrip -- Grandfather
  • Mable Bandy Waltrip -- Grandmother
  • Margaret Jean Evans Waltrip -- Mother
  • Carolyn Jean Waltrip -- Sister
  • Connie Mae Brinkley -- Sister
  • Robert Waltrip -- Uncle