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Old 02-21-2011, 06:25 AM
 
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MW is a great guy... I don't see the reason for all of the hate. It was obvious that what he said was in jest, with him being humble to his big brother.

MW is a two time Daytona winner. Only 35 drivers have won that race, so I say that's pretty good.

Also, just because MW was pushing when both those wrecks happened, I don't see how he caused "the big one".
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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MW is a great guy... I don't see the reason for all of the hate. It was obvious that what he said was in jest, with him being humble to his big brother.
Because his persona has changed since he won the Daytona 500 in 2001. Since that win and the whopping 3 that accompanied it, Michael Waltrip has been an attention w***e. Every time a camera is within 50 feet of him he feels the need to interject himself into the picture.

I get so sick and tired of hearing people say "Dale gave Mikey a chance because he saw something in him that nobody else did." Really? So Jack Roush and Rick Hendrick, two guys who have been damn good evaluators of talent over the last 25 years, missed the genius of Michael Waltrip? I don't think so.

Dale gave Michael the Napa ride because he was friends with Michael, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was partially done as a favor to DW. That right there, along with letting DW sub for Steve Park in the 1, should tell you all you need to know about Dale Earnhardt. Back in the 70s and early 80s DW was a mouthy, arrogant, disrespectful jackass who once called Richard Petty washed up and Dale Earnhardt illiterate. Dale forgave DW and later in their careers (after DW stopped being the a-hole he was), the two of them formed a friendship.

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MW is a two time Daytona winner. Only 35 drivers have won that race, so I say that's pretty good.
The whole notion that the Daytona 500 is somehow more difficult than every other race on the schedule, especially in the plate era, is bunk. Winning the 500 is 45% engine, 45% aero, 5% timing, and 5% driver. It takes almost no skill whatsoever to drive in a plate race. You mash the gas and look for openings to pass. You worry more about the cars around you than the line you take into the corner and your exit speed off. If you look at Mikey's stats on tracks where driver skill is a premium you'll see what a truly disappointing driver he is. His short track stats are downright awful.

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Also, just because MW was pushing when both those wrecks happened, I don't see how he caused "the big one".
If he had done it once I would probably agree with you but he spun people the same way THREE TIMES during Speedweeks. That's just a tad bit more than coinkydink.
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