Thanks to a late wreck and some awesome drafting partners, Michael Waltrip moved from 13th on the final two laps to finish 4th on Sunday at the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway.
He was driving a Toyota Camry (yeah, I know) adorned in Crimson Tide decor. It was Waltrip's best finish in a full Sprint Cup Race since 2008. Coincidence? I think not. (Gump On!)
Gettin ready to race! bustedcoverage.com
The rear bumper. bustedcoverage.com
Waltrip's Tide car at A-Day: aaronssports.com
Notice the years of all the National Championships around the ring of Waltrip's helmet. aaronssports.com
I know it is just coincidence but it is pretty cool that Waltrip is #55.
DT on the prowl. SBN assets
Former Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones served as Grand Marshal. AJ McCarron served as the honorary pace car driver to start the race.
Chipper & AJ. USA Today
And in case you are wondering, yes, our favorite Auburn graduate was there too.