Michael Waltrip Joins SRX Series Driver Lineup

(Press release from Camping World SRX Series)

Michael Waltrip (Photo: Harold Hinson Photography/SRX Series)

Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner Will Compete in Six-Race Short-Track Series on CBS

Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip is the latest racecar driver to join the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), a six-race short-track series airing this summer on Saturday nights in primetime on CBS.

SRX features sprint races with drivers from a variety of motorsports backgrounds competing in identically prepared racecars on a variety of tracks, including pavement and dirt.

Waltrip joins a star-studded SRX lineup that already includes Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti and Helio Castroneves.

“This is an awesome opportunity and I’m genuinely excited to get back in a racecar,” said Waltrip, who owns 17 victories across NASCAR’s top-three national touring series, including the NASCAR All-Star Race. “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.”

SRX debuts June 12 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. After Stafford, SRX visits back-to-back dirt tracks – Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway on June 19 and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on June 26.

SRX returns to pavement July 3 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis and then ventures north to Slinger (Wis.) Speedway on July 10. SRX’s inaugural season culminates July 17 at the iconic Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.

Four of Waltrip’s NASCAR wins came at short tracks, including Lucas Oil Raceway, where the Owensboro, Kentucky-native won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 1989.

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

In addition to its linear broadcast, CBS Sports’ coverage will be streamed live via its CBS All Access subscription service.


  1. “In addition to its linear broadcast, CBS Sports’ coverage will be streamed live via its CBS All Access subscription service.”

    What the hell is “linear broadcast”??????

  2. This really seems no different than the celebrity races that used to run on Cart weekends on the road course

  3. Viva Race Fan says

    I want to do the Track Walk interviews.

  4. Are they going to add a roof hatch for him?? I for one think his involvement is a mistake. Why not give that seat each week to a local driver to bring fans to the track. He lost my respect when he fixed the race in Richmond that cost him the Napa sponsorship. What does he bring to the series??

  5. Evernham said they intend to include a local “Balboa” and perhaps a wild card celebrity or one time driver. I don’t see anything about Waltrip changing any of that.
    Adding any Waltrip with all the people that are familiar with that name nationally is a very good thing.
    The curiosity factor for the first event should be off the charts.

  6. Tony & Ray- please invite Ricky Craven to run SRX

  7. “What the hell is “linear broadcast”??????”

    The industry term for watching TV as it’s broadcast, vs. on-demand, or DVR is “linear TV”. The term applies to streaming or over the air, as long as the viewer is watching at the programmed time.

    It’s the way old people watch TV… ;^)

  8. 😷😷😷 darealgoodfella 😷😷😷 says

    I’m curious as to who will be the local Balboa for the Stafford race?

    It’s gotta be someone with TV presence and savvy. A very personable character. Someone that is presentable.

    I’ve been around a along time, I don’t see Ray or Tony putting a self-serving goofus on air. There are some that indeed live by the mantra that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

    I got nothing.

    We have Doug, see what I mean?

  9. “It’s the way old people watch TV… ;^)”

    That’s what we call stereotyping with elements of truth but leaving more out.
    In many respects linear TV is a supply issue challenging content providers to target specific demographics to encourage linear TV watching. Advertisers want linear TV viewing. Sports including the SRX Series is a way to accomplish that.

  10. I guess I’m linear… antenna and Netflix. And not sure why I keep Netflix around.

    I remember when I used to pay about $6/month for cable TV. Yeah, it was a long time ago.

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