Despite team closing, Waltrip still plans to race 2016 Daytona 500

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Even though his namesake race organization will close at season’s end, Michael Waltrip still plans on getting behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car for the 2016 Daytona 500.

Whom the two-time 500 winner will race for, or what kind of car he’ll drive, remains to be seen, though.

“I’m going to Daytona in February with Maxwell House (sponsorship),” Waltrip told “There will be some cars left over at MWR, and I’m probably in line to get a good Toyota engine, being a partner with those guys from the beginning.”

If he takes the green flag, Waltrip will move into a tie for fourth place for most starts at The Great American Race.

Dave Marcis holds the record with 33 starts. Terry Labonte and Richard Petty are tied for second with 32 starts apiece, and Bill Elliott, Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd are tied for fourth with 29 starts apiece.

Waltrip is currently tied for seventh (28 starts) with his older brother, Darrell, as well as A.J. Foyt and the late Buddy Baker.

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