Michael Waltrip Biography: Books, Age, Net Worth, Height, Parents, Wife, Children

June 2, 2024 0 Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Michael Waltrip is a renowned American former professional stock car racing driver, racing commentator, racing team owner, amateur ballroom dancing competitor, and published author.

With a career spanning over 30 years, he has made a significant impact in racing and beyond.


  • Full name: Michael Curtis Waltrip
  • Date of birth: April 30, 1963
  • Age: 61 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Racing driver, commentator, team owner, author
  • Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
  • Parents: Leroy and Margaret Waltrip
  • Siblings: Darrell Waltrip ,Bobby Waltrip
  • Spouse: Elizabeth “Buffy” Franks (married 1993-2010)
  • Children: Margaret Carol ,Caitlin Marie
  • Relationship status: Divorced
  • Net worth: $40 million

Early Life and Education

Michael Waltrip is 61 and was born on April 30, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. He grew up alongside his siblings, Darell and Bobby Waltrip.

Michael’s parents, Leroy and Margaret Waltrip supported his passion for racing, and he began competing in local races as a teenager.

He attended the University of Kentucky and later moved to North Carolina to pursue a career in racing.

Personal Life

Both joy and challenges have marked Michael Waltrip’s personal life. He married Elizabeth BuffyFranks in 1993, and they had two daughters together, Margaret Carol and Caitlin Marie.

The couple divorced in 2010 after 17 years of marriage. Michael has been open about his struggles with depression and has used his platform to raise awareness for mental health.


Michael Waltrip’s racing career spans three decades and includes numerous wins and accolades.

He won the Daytona 500 twice (2001 and 2003) and competed in the NASCAR Cup Series, among other notable achievements.

After retiring from racing, he became a FOX NASCAR analyst and ventured into team ownership.

Additionally, Michael has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex 24 and tried his hand at ballroom dancing, advancing to the seventh round of competition in “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.


  • 2x Daytona 500 winner (2001, 2003)
  • NASCAR Cup Series driver and team owner
  • Advanced to the seventh round of competition in “Dancing with the Stars” (2014)

Net Worth

Michael Waltrip’s net worth is estimated to be over $40 million, earned through his successful racing career, commentary work, and business ventures.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @michaelwaltrip
  • Twitter: @mw55


  • In the Blink of an Eye (2011)

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