Updated Oct 20 2014 – On Monday, Oct 20, 2014, Waltrip honored his late friend, Dale Earnhardt. In 2001, Waltrip won the Daytona 500 while his best friend Earnhardt Sr died after fracturing his skull in a crash on the last lap of the same race.
Waltrip has endured numerous eliminations and sailed through week 6 of DWTS. Speculators gave the credit to NASCAR fans who voted Waltrip through despite his low scores from his dances.
Week 5 DWTS 2014 Oct 6 -8
On Week 5 of DWTS 2014, Waltrip swapped pro dance partners. He was given Witney Carson. His regular dance partner Emma Slater was told to work with Tommy Chong. This sudden switch was meant to give both competitors a chance to work with other dance coaches. This would increase their versatility and flexibility adapting to different dance partners.
Updated 9-29 DWTS – Who got eliminated from DWTS 9-29 2014? Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff got sent home. Michael and Emma are safe and will advance to week 3.
Updated Sep 23 2014 –
9-23 who got kicked off dancing with the stars? Tavis Smiley. Michael Waltrip survives DWTS Week 2. Tavis Smiley got eliminated during this second week of Dancing with the Stars.Tavis said he lacked sufficient time to rehearse and learn his dances. Smiley was squeezing in DWTS on top of his book tour.
Waltrip’s net worth is around $35 million. He’s 51 years old. Follow his schedule and meet him on the track. He’s not married now and has no known steady girlfriend.
Updated Sep 15 2014 – Popular Mike Waltrip is on DWTS season 19 2014. His professional dance partner is Emma Slater. She will be coaching him. They made Waltrip dye his hair dark to look younger, groomed, polished and shiny.
Michael, 51, said he would not be nervous in front of the dance judges. He is used to being judged after a life long career racing cars and building his brand. Mike is not a natural dancer nor does he have any training in dance. He said his pro dance coach, Emma Slater, had to start on a blank sheet and teach him from scratch. Waltrip believes his persistence is a strong point. He recalled he used to lose in car races before he went on to win races. He believes this could be a steep learning curve and he has a chance to endure in DWTS. He knows he is not great in dancing but Waltrip is game enough to try dancing on TV. The publicity could win new fans for Michael Waltrip Racing. His dance partner Emma has been won over and is now a NASCAR fan.
Waltrip’s mother has a medical condition called AFib. She suffered a stroke because her condition was unknown, more than 25 years ago. She is now wheel chair bound. Mike is an ambassador for Janssen Pharmaceutical, to raise public awareness for AFib. They hope to prevent strokes by empowering the public with knowledge.
Waltrip said he took two weeks to learn his first dance with Emma. He compared himself to her. He said Emma only took five minutes to learn the dance before teaching it to him. Waltrip was at the race track on Sep 19 2014. His fans wanted to take photos with him because he was on DWTS. Race car fans encouraged him to try hard to win, for the sake of doing them proud. Sports is a different world away from Hollywood. If Waltrip manages to persevere long enough into the contest, he will win credit for the racing car industry.
May 25 2009 –
Former Mrs Michael Waltrip, aka Buffy Waltrip:
Buffy’s real name is Elizabeth Franks. Elizabeth Buffy Franks was born on April 5, 1967. Franks and her family moved from Monroe, Louisiana, to Owosso, Michigan, because her father had a job with Georgia Pacific. The Franks family finally shifted to North Carolina, where Buffy Franks met Michael Waltrip.
Buffy and Michael were supposed to date on a weekend of August 1992. Waltrip was injured in a crash and needed stitches. Waltrip asked Franks to hold his hand during the stitching under his lip. Buffy Franks fell in love with Michael Waltrip.
Michael Waltrip and Buffy Franks married on Nov 27 1993. Their daughter, Margaret Carol Waltrip was born on Sep 29, 1997. Margaret joined Waltrip’s elder daughter, Caitlin Marie Waltrip, (born Jan 12 1990) from his previous relationship.
The couple formed the Michael Waltrip Racing team. Buffy Waltrip became the owner of Nascar race car #55. Michael Waltrip drove that car.
The rumors – Michael Waltrip, the Nascar race car driver, was first rumored to be divorcing his wife in 2008. Waltrip’s wife, Buffy Waltrip, has not shown up at the shop for a long time. Buffy Waltrip has not made a public appearance with her husband Michael.
The Waltrip couple, or former couple, had put their house up for sale since 2008. Buffy Waltrip was seen with another man. Mike Waltrip was seen without his wedding ring for about 1 year since early 2008.
What is the meaning of the name Michael? What can the name predict on Mike Waltrip?
Michael is a noble name. In Hebrew, it means, “he who is like God”. Michael is the name of an archangel, or senior angel, in the Christian belief. In the New Testament, Michael is the leader of heaven’s armies. Michael is the patron saint of soldiers.
Darrell Lee Waltrip is Michael’s older brother. DL Waltrip was born February 5, 1947. Waltrip won the NASCAR Winston Cup 3 times. Waltrip was the 1989 Daytona 500 winner. Darrell is married with two daughters. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Waltrip retired from racing and joined Fox TV. Darrell Waltrip is also a columnist at Foxsports.com.
Buffy Waltrip at launch of her jewelry line.
Feb 18 2011 – Michael Waltrip won the Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, on Fri, Feb 18, 2011. Waltrip said he was celebrating his victory in honor of his deceased friend, Dale Earnhardt, who died on Feb 18, 2001.
Earnhardt was injured in the last lap of the Daytona 500 Race. He died from his injuries.
April 17 2011 –
Michael Waltrip is concentrating on his career after his divorce. Waltrip is expanding his efforts. He has entered to compete in the “24 Hours of Le Mans”, held on June 11 – 12.
Fans still asked questions about Waltrip’s divorce. They want to know more. But these days, Waltrip’s partner or partners are his racing partners, Rob Kauffman and Rui Aguas. Waltrip is sharing the driving in the Ferrari entered by AF Corse, the Italian team.
Putting all thoughts of divorce behind him, Waltrip is traveling to France, to prepare and race in the GTE Pro class.He is doing test driving at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Waltrip is all pumped up for Le Mans.
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