NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 
                  === Waltrip secures ride for Daytona 500 ===
 
 Daytona  Beach,FL (Sports  Network) -  Michael  Waltrip will  compete in  next
 month's Daytona 500, diving the No. 30 Toyota for Swan Racing.
 
 Waltrip,  who won  the Daytona 500 in 2001  and '03, will drive the car in the
 Feb.  24  season-opening race  at Daytona  International Speedway before David
 Stremme  is behind  the wheel for the  remainder of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series
 season.
 
 This  year's  Daytona 500  will mark  Swan Racing's debut  in Sprint Cup since
 announcing its new ownership earlier this month. Waltrip will be reunited with
 former  crew chief Tony Eury Jr. Steve Hmiel, who has also worked with Waltrip
 in the past, was recently named competition director for the team.
 
 "I  am thrilled  to drive the No. 30  Toyota for Swan Racing and the chance to
 win  a  third Daytona 500,"  Waltrip said. "Reuniting  with Tony Jr. and Steve
 Hmiel brings back a lot of good memories and is going to create new ones."
 
 Waltrip qualified for 25 consecutive Daytona 500s from 1987 to 2011. He failed
 to qualify for last year's race, driving the No. 40 Toyota for Hillman Racing.
 
 Waltrip  is the  co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, which owns three teams in
 NASCAR's  premier  series. He  is scheduled  to drive  the No.  55 car in both
 Talladega races and the July event at Daytona.
 
 Sprint   Cup   teams  are  testing   at  Daytona  Thursday  through  Saturday,
 familiarizing  themselves with  the new 2013 car and preparing for the Daytona
 500.
 
 01/10 14:04:44 ET

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