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Dale Tribute: Waltrip To Run No. 15 At Daytona

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Michael Waltrip will run a No. 15 car in this year’s Daytona 500 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his first Daytona victory – and the death of his late boss and friend, Dale Earnhardt.

Waltrip was driving the No. 15 car for Earnhardt’s team when he broke a 0-for-462 winless streak in the 2001 Daytona 500 driving for Earnhardt’s team. That day was anything but a celebration for Waltrip, as Earnhardt died in an accident on the final lap of the race.

Waltrip and sponsor Napa unveiled the commemorative car Tuesday.

Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, owns a NASCAR team and has cut back his racing schedule. It will be his 25th consecutive Daytona 500.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)