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

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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.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.