Michael Waltrip Salutes the University of Kentucky Wildcats

By Brian Berg Jr.

Michael Waltrip is back in the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine which he has been sharing driving duties with Mark Martin and Brian Vickers.  This Sunday he will be driving the No. 55 with special graphics saluting the University of Kentucky Wildcats at the Kentucky Speedway.

Last week Brian Vickers was back in the car for the first time since Martinsville and drove to a highly respectable fourth place finish. He must have learned a lot after driving the week before in the 24 hours of La Mans.  The No. 55 car is 12th in the NASCAR Owners Standings seventeen points from tenth place.  That is very good for a team of part time drivers.

Michael Waltrip talked about his schedule: “My schedule is really cool. I get to race on the tracks that I love (Kentucky, Daytona, Talladega). Kentucky was one of the races that I really wanted on my schedule. I know my name is on the building but the No. 55 really belongs to Mark Martin. It’s was really nice of Mark to let me drive this race. We will go to Kentucky and get the best finish we can get. I am honored to have the UK logos on my Aaron’s Toyota.”

Michael Waltrip is from Owensboro Kentucky and is a University of Kentucky fan.  “I have been a UK (University of Kentucky) fan ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Owensboro watching UK basketball. They would always show it tape delayed after the 10:30 p.m. newscast. I was fortunate to go to several games in my life. Clint Bowyer and I even went to the national championship game in New Orleans when they beat Kansas. I will have to say, it’s really cool for a Kentucky guy to have UK on my car racing in Kentucky.” said Michael.

Michael Waltrip the two time Daytona 500 champion will honor the 2012 NCAA basketball champions this Sunday in The Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway.

Brian Berg Jr. is the Lead NASCAR writer for RantSports.com

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