DANVILLE – Former NASCAR driver and two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip stopped in Danville on Wednesday afternoon.
Waltrip confirmed up at Grizzly’s Hatchet Home, positioned in downtown Danville, to advertise the upcoming SRX (Famous person Racing Expertise) this Saturday at South Boston Speedway and highlight new beers and brews produced by Michael Waltrip Brewing Firm.
“We got here to Danville to speak concerning the SRX race and the enjoyable we’re going to have at South Boston Speedway,” Waltrip stated. “I acquired again there (South Boston) 20 years in the past I suppose, and I bear in mind pondering the South Boston Freeway could be an ideal brief observe within the Southeast. So I’m grateful that I raced there and that I will probably be again and racing once more. I’ll. We race the SRX vehicles and when it is over, we’ll have some beer,” Waltrip added.
Waltrip stated when SRX introduced South Boston Speedway could be a part of the 2022 schedule in late January, it introduced again recollections.
SRX was based by three-time NASCAR Cup Collection champion and NASCAR Corridor of Famer Tony Stewart and former NASCAR Group Proprietor and Chief Crew Chief Ray Evernham.
“Michael Waltrip Brewing Firm is effectively represented on the racetrack,” Waltrip stated. “We have now a eating room there (South Boston) and the distributors within the metropolis are taking care of us.”
Waltrip described the beer as fascinating.
“You make what you might be actually happy with,” he stated, “and it’s laborious to place it in folks’s arms.” “They used to drink Coors’ mild or their pure mild and you are like, ‘Strive one among us. “The best way you do that’s partnering with an ideal distributor like Danville and assembly associates and new folks making an attempt beer. Principally, I’m coming into city to race, however secondly, we’re making an attempt to get extra folks to attempt our beer.”
When discussing what makes the South Boston Speedway a must-see observe, Waltrip stated he will get right down to the observe’s roots.
“It is only a custom. It has been round endlessly, and it is a traditional Southern brief observe,” stated Waltrip, “the place you’ll be able to see folks combine it up, have a very good time, and revel in Saturday nights seeing the NASCAR stars.” There’s four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who raced within the SRX final yr. Ryan Hunter-Rey is racing this yr. Solely the names of the celebrities in motorsports are proven. Custom is all about South Boston and we hope to start out a brand new one this yr with the SRX.
“The SRX offers me an opportunity to return in time, return in time if you’ll, and be capable to relive a few of these recollections I had.”
Ex-NASCAR veterans Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Greg Bevel are full-time SRX drivers this season. Different drivers anticipated to race in South Boston are part-time IndyCar Collection driver Marco Andretti and IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.
At each SRX race this season, the sector will characteristic one visitor driver who can have the chance to showcase his expertise among the many finest. This yr’s visitor driver for South Boston is the Danville native and a two-time NASCAR Weekly Nationwide Champion of Sellers. Sellers have six South Boston Speedway championships to his title.
“I used to be driving at Stafford with two laps to go within the first half of the race and Doug Kobe acquired up and handed me, Doug is a neighborhood legend on a brief observe within the North East and common at Stafford,” Waltrip stated. “And I assumed it was nice that that they had totally different drivers who’re legends within the subject. Figuring out that Peyton (the sellers) has had a very good run and is a good brief observe racer. He has performed a whole lot of nice issues and I’m trying ahead to catching up with him.”
Waltrip stated the largest takeaway he desires at South Boston Speedway is to impress followers and provides them a race to recollect.
“Simply standing there on the web, watching the followers rise up for the nationwide anthem, seeing the grins on the children’ faces and doing one thing that makes folks comfortable,” Waltrip stated. “That is all I am as much as nowadays. Whether or not it is TV or with the ability to signal autographs and even throwing axes with a bunch of people that’ve loved what I have been doing over time. That is it.”