As many suspected, today it was announced that Michael Waltrip won’t race for DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc) next year. I’ve always rooted for Michael to do well; he’s such a great spokesman for the sport and is really generous with his time for the fans. My daughters have a fledgling interest in NASCAR (thanks to my brainwashing); the one who love Michael is going to be upset about this. On the upside, those Napa #15 hats might be worth something now. Luckily, Dale Jr is her “backup” and I think we’ll have him around for a long time.