Michael Waltrip premieres to less than critical acclaim on “Dancing with the Stars”

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Michael Waltrip made his first “Dancing with the Stars” appearance Monday night and reactions weren’t exactly positive from the judges.

Bad car puns were made, as judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli panned Waltrip and partner Emma Slater’s performance.

“It was like the engine was running but you couldn’t get out of first gear,” Goodman said.

Added Tonioli, “I think it’s a question of tuning… you looked like a golf cart trying to keep up with a Ferrari.”

If you want to watch the video for yourself, it’s embedded below.

He still kept his smile even as his “onesie” caused problems. He and Slater hope to avoid elimination today following a low score.

However, while the comments weren’t exactly positive on the show, the NASCAR community rallied behind Waltrip on social media. We’ll see if it translates to a high number of fan votes, as well.