Michael Waltrip takes NASCAR to Dancing with the Stars

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A representative of the world of stock car racing is back on ABC but this time it’s not with the iconic TV show Wide World of Sports.

Veteran NASCAR driver, and announcer, Michael Waltrip will be dancing across TV screens in a couple of weeks. The two time winner of the Daytona 500 has signed onto be a cast member for the upcoming season of the popular Dancing with the Stars TV show on ABC.

The announcement came from Michael Waltrip Racing and during a segment on Thursday morning during the Good Morning America broadcast. Waltrip, according to the announcement, will be paired with DWTS dancer Emma Slater. The dancer joined the TV show in 2012. Her biggest success so far is with comedian, and Blue Collar Comedy member, Bill Engvall as the two went to the finals.

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It’s a given that the Dancing with the Stars producers try to get a few big names from the world of sports in every season. This year the move is away from the NFL and squarely on motorsports. Heading into the dancing contest it’s clear that the popular driver, often referred to as “Mikey,” has the racing resume locked down.

“Mikey’s” Resume

Waltrip is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, and is one of only two drivers in history to hold victories in NASCAR’s three top tier divisions over four consecutive decades. Waltrip has also jumped in behind the wheel for international events. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona, as well as events in Spa, Belgium, Sebring and Dubai.

Did we mention that he’s a best-selling author, analyst, and NASCAR team owner? He’s got it going… but how does this all translate to being able to dance? Ummm…… not sure! Maybe his fun attitude that’s made him so popular with fellow drivers and fans will play a role.

Other Contestants

Waltrip will be the only driver from NASCAR representing the world of stock car racing on the show. But there will be a few fun other notable names on the list of contestants this year. The most notable to sports fans will probably be legendary mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture.

Other dancers include comedian Tommy Chong, of Cheech & Chong fame, and even Olympian Lolo Jones. And who can go wrong with Alfonso Ribeiro who made bad dancing popular while playing Carlton on the TV show The Fresh Prince with musician Will Smith.

Sure, it’s not a NASCAR show. My thinking is that if you could pick one fun ambassador of the world of motorsports for viewers that many have never watched a race then Michael Waltrip is a great choice.

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