Michael Waltrip announced that the 2017 Daytona 500 will be his final NASCAR race of his career. In 2001, Waltrip won the Daytona 500, breaking a drought of 462 races without a win in the Cup Series.
Along with Waltrip's drought-busting victory, check out some of the other big droughts busted in NASCAR history.
Wood Brothers snaps 10-year winless streak
One of the most dominant teams in NASCAR in the early 1970s hit some struggles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2001, the Wood Brothers recorded their 97th win with Elliott Sadler winning at Bristol. It took 10 years and 298 races before Trevor Bayne brought the No. 21 back to Victory Lane in the 2011 Daytona 500.
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Terry Labonte's long stretch between titles
In 1984, Terry Labonte won his first Premier Series title and while it was nowhere near the 108 years that the Cubs have gone since their last championship, it took Labonte another 12 years before grabbing his second championship, the longest streak between titles in the sport.
Michael Waltrip snaps 462-race winless streak
The ending of the 2001 Daytona 500 will live on in NASCAR fans memories forever after the loss of Dale Earnhardt as his son, Dale Jr., pushed his driver, Michael Waltrip, to Victory Lane. The win was the first in Waltrip’s career and ended a streak that started when he made his Premier Series debut in 1985.
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Bobby Allison wins title after 22 seasons
Bobby Allison made his NASCAR debut in 1961 and started racing full-time in 1966. By 1970, Allison was one of the top drivers in the sport and finished second in the championship standings. He’d finish second three more times before winning his one and only Premier Series title in 1983.
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Dale Earnhardt wins Daytona 500 in 20th attempt
The dominance of Earnhardt on restrictor-plate tracks was known across NASCAR, but his inability to close the deal in the Great American Race haunted The Intimidator for years. In 1998, Earnhardt finally put it all together and beat Bobby Labonte and Jeremy Mayfield back to the white-and-yellow flags to win the race.