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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Many snickered at Michael Waltrip’s driving career. It did take Waltrip more than 15 years and 463 starts to nab his first-career Sprint Cup Series victory. Even one of his current employees (Clint Bowyer) once called him the worst driver in NASCAR. However, Waltrip now has a chance to forge his path as an all-time great in the sport in an avenue that even his Hall of Fame brother, Darrell failed — NASCAR team owner.
Waltrip’s career as a Sprint Cup Series car owner didn’t start off promising at all. In his team’s first-ever race — The 2007 Daytona 500 — his No. 55 NAPA Toyota started the season in the biggest points hole in NASCAR history. Waltrip as a driver and owner sat at 27 points below zero in the point standings after his car was found to have an illegal fuel additive that increased his car’s horsepower. Waltrip would fail to qualify for the next 11 races.
In all Waltrip failed to make...