2003 Daytona 500 Winner

Michael Waltrip – 2003 Daytona 500 winner

February 16, 2003 the 45th running of “The Great American Race”

200,000 screaming race fans showed up for the 2003 Daytona 500.  Jeff Green wins the pole with a qualifying speed of 186.606.  However quickly moving in to the lead Michael Waltrip would lead the first 26 laps after starting 4th.  Dale Jr. took the lead just before the rain came.  After the rain was the restart and Michael Waltrip and Jr. would take turns leading until Jr. would have battery troubles.  On lap 94 Jeff Green’s day would come to an end when he hit the wall coming out of turn 4.   2003 Daytona 500 winner…

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Just past half way the rains moved in again.  109 laps run and Michael Waltrip is the 2003 Daytona 500 winner.  Kurt Busch takes second, Jimmie Johnson in third followed by Kevin Harvick in fourth and Mark Martin rounds out the top five.  Only 5 cautions and 11 lead changes Michael Waltrip lead 68 of 109 laps, the most of any driver today.  Dale Jr. lead 22 laps, started second and finished in 36th.

Michael Waltrip 2003 Daytona 500 winner

His second victory in the Daytona 500.  Michael Waltrip is a force to be recond with on the super speedway tracks and he give credit to his success to Dale Earnhardt Sr.  as everyone of his 31 year career wins were on super speedways.  Michael raced in 779 NASCAR races, sat on the pole 4 times, won 4 times, finished in the top five 41 times and had 132 top ten finishes.  Michael Waltrip is the 2003 Daytona 500 winner and the 2001 Daytona 500 winner…

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