It looks as if Kentucky will have a Kentuckian to root for when NASCAR Sprint Cup racing comes to Kentucky Speedway for the first time in 2011.
Michael Waltrip revealed Tuesday in a news release detailing his plans for the coming year that he intends to drive in a limited number of races in 2011, including the new Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on July 9.
Waltrip, 47, is preparing to start his second season of what he calls "semi-retirement." The Owensboro native and younger brother of NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip retired as a full-time Cup Series driver after the 2009 season. He raced three times in Sprint Cup races last season and failed to qualify for two others.
Waltrip plans to open the season by racing in the Feb. 20 Daytona 500, a race he has won twice. In addition to Daytona and the race in Kentucky, Waltrip plans to drive in "possibly a few more races along the way," according to the release.
Waltrip's primary focus is guiding Michael Waltrip Racing, which includes Sprint Cup drivers David Reutimann and Martin Truex Jr.
Waltrip will also spend time this year promoting his new book, organizing a comedy tour and doing NASCAR TV work.