NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip has been find 100 championship points this season, and his crew chief and his competition director were fired. In addition, his wife, Buffy who is owner of Waltrip's car was fined 100 points.
Waltrip left Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s racing stable last year to start his own team. I'll bet Dale Jr.'s glad that happened.
I've always sort of seen Waltrip as the Carl Naughton Jr. to Earnhardt's Ricky Bobby.
But more than that, my husband was a NASCAR fan and used to watch the post race recap, which frequently featured Michael Waltrip. I thought he was the perfect ambassador--he's witty, articulate and self-effacing, with an endearing wry grin.
He had a great career going, which will now forever be tarnished by this. Perhaps everyone in racing cheats and adds jet-fuel-like substances to boost their car's performance. Like steroids in other sports, others may do it, but when you get caught, you pay a stiff penalty. Michael Waltrip should have been above cheating, even if he was just getting his racing stable going. He had a lot to lose, though...so far to fall.
I wish he'd come out and say he wasn't involved. He hasn't though. He half apologizes and says he'll get to the bottom of it. He feels bad about what his nine-year-old daughter must think if she believes he cheated. He pussyfoots around without saying he didn't know about it, and to me, that means that he did. He's waffling. He uses the passive voice "I don't understand what happened, how it happened..." Things happened, Michael.
He is the captain of that particular ship, and as such, he takes responsibility. I'd be much happier if he just didn't know and is taking responsibility, than if he knew and was involved, and is taking responsibility.
Good thing he isn't going to be impeached. Of course, he could be. It depends on which definition of impeached you use. And what the meaning of "is" is, today.
[Image from Speed TV]