during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

53 Year Old Michael Waltrip Prepares For His Final Race

Nascar.com reports that Fox Sports analyst and NASCAR veteran Michael Waltrip's last NASCAR race will be the upcoming Daytona 500. Waltrip will retire from NASCAR after what will be his 30th Daytona 500 where he has won three times.  In a press release, Waltip said,

"I have experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows at the Great American Race, but when you are a NASCAR racer who has the privilege of racing here, you love Daytona no matter what happens. In my 30th and final Daytona 500, I am just going to enjoy every moment and be happy that Aaron's has given me one more opportunity to hoist the Harley J. Earl trophy."

Seeing a fixture of the sport on his last drive is sure to add to the already huge spectacle of the kick off party of NASCAR's 2017 season.

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