Michael Waltrip eliminated in Week 8 of “Dancing With The Stars”


Michael Waltrip’s run on the latest edition of Dancing With The Stars lasted longer than perhaps some observers were expecting.

But after eight weeks in the competition, the two-time Daytona 500 champion and dancing partner Emma Slater were eliminated last night following their 25-point foxtrot as Tarzan and Jane, set to Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be In My Heart.”

After their dance, the show’s judges showed their appreciation of Waltrip’s improvement over the course of the contest. Waltrip and Slater were also grateful for their experience together.

“It was a chance to do something that was more emotional that it was physical,” Waltrip said according to NASCAR.com. “To get to experience the wonderful cast, the folks that we danced with and to get to know Emma’s heart and who she is as a person.

“I just grew so much emotionally, and I’m a better person because of my tenure here. And I’m happy that I got to be here and I’m sad I have to go.”

In her own thoughts, Slater said that Waltrip had made her a better person.

“You meet these people and they have the biggest heart and you want to be like that,” she added. “He’s touched me in a way that I’ll be a better person for the rest of my life, and I want to thank [him] for that.”

Upon news of Waltrip’s elimination, many in the NASCAR community have tweeted their support for him.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.