Michael Waltrip is a stock car racing driver, an author from America. He won the racing series “Daytona 500” twice (2001 and 2003). He is also a racing commentator and works for “NASCAR Camping World Truck Series” and the “Xfinity Series” which broadcasts on Fox Sports. Let’s find out more about Michael Waltrip’s net worth in 2018.
Michael Waltrip Early Life
Michael Curtis Waltrip was born on April 30, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky to his parents Leroy Waltrip and Margaret Jean Evans. He is the youngest of his other two brothers, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Waltrip who died in the year 2014.
When he was in his teen, he asked his elder brother Darell Waltrip and his father to help him to get better in racing. However, they advised him to focus on his school. That’s when his brother Bobby kept him motivated and accompanied him to the go-cart racings in Kentucky.
In 1993, Waltrip married to Elizabeth Buffy Franks. They are the parents of a beautiful daughter but later divorced in the year 2010. He also has a child from his previous girlfriend.
Michael Waltrip Career, Awards & Achievement
Michael Waltrip started his career at the age of 15 when his brother Bobby Waltrip used to take him to the local go-cart racings in his hometown Kentucky. However, his professional stock-car racing career took off in the year 1981 when he took part in the Mini-Modified track championship which was organized at the Kentucky Motor Speedway.
In 1983, he took part in the Darlington Dash Series Championship. In 1996, he participated in the Winston Open and won the championship. He later went to participate in the Sprint Cup Series of NASCAR.
From 1987 to 1995, Waltrip worked for Bahari Racing, then from 1996 to 1998, he collaborated with Wood Brothers Racing and from 1999 to 2000 he worked with the Jimmy Smith/ Mattei Racing.
He collaborated with “Dale Earnhardt Inc” in the year 2001 and won four team races with them before leaving them in the year 2005.
He was the best finisher in the 2004 NASCAR Xfinity Series. Waltrip drove the No. 55 in the 2007 NASCAR Spirit Cup series.
In 2004, he participated in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and finished in number sixty-one.
He was last seen racing for Premium Motorsports in the Daytona 500 driving his Toyota Camry. Waltrip announced he would run the Daytona 500, driving the No. 15 Aaron’s, Inc. Camry for Premium Motorsports.
Awards & Achievements
Michael Waltrip won the “Most Popular Driver” award at the Darlington Dash Series in the year 1983 and 1984. He was also the Darlington Dash Series champion in the year 1983. In 1996, he was named as the Winston winner and in 1997 he was the winner in the NASCAR All-Star Race. He is also a two-time winner of the Dayton 500 in 2001 and 2003 and the Gatorade Duel in the year 2002 and 2005.
Net Worth of Michael Waltrip
The estimated net worth of Michael Waltrip is more than $40 million. This huge net worth is the result of his successful career as a stock car racing driver. He also works as a commentator along with his brother for NASCAR. He is also an author and published many books including “In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona”. His book “the Day that Changed Everything” which was released in the year 2011 became New York Times best-seller.
Michael Waltrip is one of the most popular stock car racing drivers in the world. He has appeared on many television advertisements including 5-hour ENERGY, Toyota, Dominos, UPS and many more. In 2009, he was seen in an episode of the television show “My Name is Earl”. Since 2010 Waltrip has donated more than $2 million to various charities including the North Carolina’s Victory Junction Camp.