Michael Waltrip jumps out of retirement

NASCAR driver returns to the short tracks

Michael Waltrip opened his NASCAR Cup Series career in 1985. He took his first NASCAR Cup Series win in the 2001 Daytona 500.

His last race came in 2017. Over the 33 year career in the NASCAR Cup Series, Waltrip has four wins. He has another 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins.

For 2021, a new series is set to make it’s debut. SRX is big-time racing series with a short track focus. As of today, Michael Waltrip has been added to the full-time drivers list for the new series.

SRX Drivers: Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Mark Webber, Willy T Ribbs, Paul Tracy, Helio Castroneves, Bobby LaBonte, Bill Elliott, Ernie Fancis Jr, Marco Andretti and Michael Waltrip.

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Michael Waltrip comments on SRX

“This is an awesome opportunity and I’m genuinely excited to get back in a racecar,” Waltrip said in a release.

“I still love racing and I still want to compete. SRX is a great platform and all of us want to win. We might have gray hair and maybe even no hair, but when we put that helmet on and go race, the desire and talent is still there. You want to see a show? We’re gonna put on a show.”

The mini-series will run six back to back events in June and July 2021. All of the races for 2021 are run on short tracks.

“We all come from a short-track background. I mean, that’s where it all starts,” Waltrip said.

Waltrip added, “Aero doesn’t matter. You’ve got more horsepower than you can put to the ground. It’s all about what you do behind the wheel. As a driver, that’s all you want.”

All SRX races will run on Saturday nights and be shown live via CBS.

Related: SRX Series explained by Ray Evernham; He details the cars, adjustments and type of drivers

2021 Schedule

June 12
Stafford Motor Speedway

June 19
Knoxville Raceway

June 26
Eldora Speedway

July 3
Lucas Oil Raceway

July 10
Slinger Speedway

July 17
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway


Ray Evernham recently teased the new car in the tweet below:


SRX | Tony Stewart | Ray Evernham | Stafford Motor Speedway | Knoxville Raceway | Eldora Speedway | Lucas Oil Raceway | Slinger Speedway | Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway