Waltrip not approaching Daytona 500 as last race

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Michael Waltrip says the Daytona 500
may not be his last race, after all.

Waltrip says he is close to lining up a sponsorship deal to run
April's race at Talladega Superspeedway. He is stepping away from
full-time racing to concentrate on being a team owner, but was
hoping to still compete in some events.

When sponsorship didn't materialize, Waltrip came to Speedweeks
believing Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 would be his last

Waltrip has three wins at Daytona - two in the 500 - and one at
Talladega. He says those are the only two tracks he'd be interested
in racing at going forward.

He must first earn a spot in the Daytona 500 field in one of
Thursday's qualifying races.