In a shocking twist, this longtime driver and analyst gave an emotional confession that will culminate in the end of his career as a NASCAR driver.
Michael Waltrip, who hasn't raced full-time since 2009, and has stayed on as a reporter for FOX Sports while also continuing to race, mostly in restrictor-plate races.
The 53-year-old is known for his close ties to the Earnhardt family after being hired by Dale Earnhardt Sr. and racing alongside both Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the fatal crash that claimed the life of Earnhardt Sr.
In a new statement, Waltrip confessed that he would be ending his career as a driver shortly after the 2017 season kicks off.
“I can reflect on my career with a lot of emotions and one company that has been there for me is Aaron’s,” said Waltrip, according to NBC Sports. “I started working with Aaron’s almost 20 years ago with some commercials and six Xfinity Series races when I had a team behind my house. We have been together ever since and it makes my heart smile thinking about all the great things we did together.”
Waltrip will be ending his career after making his 30th start at the Daytona 500 on February 26th. His longtime sponsor, Aaron's, will release a tribute video next week to highlight some of his greatest moments as a driver.
Watch the video below featuring one of Waltrip's gnarly crashes at Daytona.
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