Michael Waltrip, No. 98 Maxwell House Toyota Talladega Preview

Michael Waltrip reunites with sponsor Maxwell House this weekend when the two-time Daytona 500 champion climbs  behind the wheel of the No. 98 Maxwell House Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway.

Waltrip drove a Maxwell House branded car in 1990 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.

Waltrip, whose No. 98 Toyota is supported by Michael Waltrip Racing mechanics and crew, won at Talladega in 2003 and all four of his career victories came on restrictor plate tracks. He nearly won this race in 2012, but a last-lap accident took him out of contention.

Waltrip has a busy week before arriving at the Alabama track. He and his brother Darrell will host the sixth annual Waltrip Brother’s Charity  Championship auction, dinner and golf tournament Wednesday and Thursday in Nashville.

The event has raised more than $1.4 million dollars for several non-profit organizations including Motor Racing Outreach, Feed the Children and the (Steve) Byrnes Memorial Fund. Headlining this year’s dinner is two-time Grammy Award winning musician Travis Tritt.   

WALTRIP ON GOLF TOURNAMENT: “The golf tournament is always very special for me. It’s so awesome to see all my friends come to Nashville and support something that means so much to my brother and me. I am really excited about having Travis Tritt there. I grew up listening to him. I listened to his music for so long before we ever met that I felt like we were buddies the first time we were introduced and hung out. When I heard Travis was going to headline the Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship, all I could think was ‘It’s a great day to be alive, the sun’s still shining when I close my eyes.”

WALTRIP ON RACING AT TALLADEGA: “Racing in Talladega is always fun for me. I got my last win there in 2003 and had a couple of chances to win there since. I look forward to putting on my helmet and uniform representing Maxwell House. They have been a great partner of MWR this season and I look forward to racing their colors this weekend. Back in 1990 I drove the Maxwell House car and it’s kind of cool to have a retro feel this weekend. I know the guys here at MWR are going to build me a really fast Toyota and hopefully I can get to the right place at the right time and pull off the big upset.

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