Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It May Not Be In Vegas, But Bet On A Win For Waltrip In '09

Making predictions are a craps shoot at best. But if the first two races of the Sprint Cup season are any indication of events yet to come, I'm betting that Michael Waltrip will be in Victory Lane at least once in 2009 (and not just to congratulate a competitor).

Call me crazy, but Waltrip has looked (dare I say it?) impressive, in both the Daytona and Fontana races. He's been running well, racing consistently and he's been there at the end finishing strong both times.

Compare the two races we've seen so far with his stats from 2008. This year, Waltrip snagged a 7th-place finish at Daytona and a 15th at Fontana. Last year he finished 29th and 28th, respectively. This year, he is currently ranked 7th in points, with 264 to his credit. By this time last year, he had only racked up a measly 160.

Don't be discouraged. I'm sure this new and improved Waltrip won't fail to disappoint. There will still be days when he'll pit backwards. Who knows? He may even take another stab at adding "alternative fuel" to his Toyota. After all, a leopard doesn't change his spots.

But, for the time being at least, it looks like 2009 is going to be a good year. And this chick predicts Waltrip will take the checkers.

Care to double down on that?


  1. egads! I think it's a tad early to give waltrip this much credit!!

    I'd like to see it but I ain't holdin' my breath!

  2. It's good to see Mikey get off to a good start this year; I've wondered if he was going to pull it off, and I am a dyed in the wool Waltrip fan. I agree that it's a little early to be placing bets on the Chase, but let's give some credit where credit is due. GO MIKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I will take that bet,if the Daytona 380 would have finished to 500 mark this blog would be about somebody else.Give ol Mikey a few more race under his belt this season and we will have a story if he is still in the top 12,but I am not too impressed so far,kinda right place right time at daytona,but he did run well at cali

  4. I agree Micheal, Mikey was on track to being a top competitor, as was Rut. I predict at least 2 trips to Victory Lane for Mikey and/or David. Exciting year!!!