Waltrip has chance to make NASCAR history

By Dominic Aragon
February 25, 2017

A victory in the 2017 Daytona 500 would make Michael Waltrip the third driver in the history of NASCAR’s premiere series to win in their final career start.

Waltrip will make his 30th start in the Daytona 500 and 784th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, wrapping up a career in the sport spanning since 1985.

“It’s just amazing, I mean, it’s what I fell in love with [racing] as a kid and I love it as much today as I did then,” Waltrip said to FOX Sports during a practice session for the Daytona 500.

“[Feeling] the technology, see all the different gauges, the way they set the cars up these days, it’s a lot different now.

“I’m just really thankful, for the last 30 years, I’ve got to be a part of this great sport.”

According to research across two racing databases, Marvin Burke and Chuck Stevenson are the only drivers to win in their final MENCS race.

Burke became the first driver to do so, winning in his lone start at Oakland Stadium in Oakland, California in October of 1951.

Stevenson won his only race in his second and final series start at Willow Springs Speedway in Lancaster, California in November of 1955.

A two-time winner of the Daytona 500, Waltrip will start 30th in his final appearance in “The Great American Race.”

Waltrip, sporting the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports, ran the No. 15 2001-2005 and in three races in 2011.

Waltrip has won four times in the series, all with car No. 15. His last victory was at Talladega in September of 2003.

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