In the spotlight: Michael Waltrip

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2002

HOMETOWN: Owensboro, Ky.

LIVES: Sherrills Ford, N.C.

JOB: Driver of the No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series

2002 RECORD: Twenty-eight starts, one victory, four top-five finishes, nine top-10s and $2,353,800 in earnings to be 15th in the point standings

PERSONAL NOTES: Younger brother of three-time Winston Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip ... Won his first Winston Cup race at the Daytona 500 in 2001 ... Lived with Richard Petty when he broke into the business ... Proposed to his wife, Buffy, in Victory Lane at Bristol, Tenn.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Waltrip's two career wins came at Daytona, including the second at this year's Pepsi 400. Two of his four second-place finishes came at Talladega, Ala., meaning four of this top-six finishes have come at raceways that require a restrictor plate.

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