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TALLADEGA, Ala. – Michael Waltrip is no longer recognized primarily as the driver who won a couple of Daytona 500s when he's strolling through airports. Now, he's the dancing guy.
For this weekend, Waltrip will be both driver and dancer. He'll go back and forth from his day job at Talladega Superspeedway to practicing the Argentine tango at a nearby YMCA for the TV show "Dancing With the Stars."
The co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing likes his chances on the track much better than those on the dance floor Monday night. Waltrip and partner Emma Slater practiced at the Oxford YMCA for a couple of hours Friday morning and planned to spend a few more hours there in the evening.
Waltrip will fly back to Los Angeles for the show after Sunday's race.