Daytona 500 to be Michael Waltrip's final race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip announced that the 2017 Daytona 500 will be the final race in his NASCAR career.
Waltrip will make his 30th start in the Great American Race behind the wheel of the No. 15 Aaron's "
"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, who retired from full-time competition in 2009. "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 won three Xfinity Series races with Aaron's sponsorship as a driver. As an owner, his teams took the lease-to-own furniture chain to victory lane a total of seven times in NASCAR's Xfinity and Cup series.
Aaron's announced that it will release a video showcasing some of Waltrip's top moments during their 17-year partnership.
Fans were asked to share their favorite stories from Waltrip's career using #
You gave me this opportunity as the MWR Fantern. Still can't say this enough, #ThanksMikey pic.twitter.com/f4JFOjZEjs— Admiral Antics® (@113clint) January 26, 2017
@AaronsInc @MW55 @NASCAR #thanksmikey Michael waltrip is amazing friend I am honored to have met him many many times pic.twitter.com/qFYLilq58Y— Tanner Nelson (@thetanman88) January 27, 2017
@AaronsInc Thanks to @MW55 for being the best with the little ones! Even redid the high 5 so I could get a pic @NASCAR #ThanksMikey pic.twitter.com/NMSgKm4x4C— JRage (@jschrageucf) January 27, 2017