Double duty for Waltrip, all while trying to be ‘romantic and sexy’

Michael Waltrip and "Dancing with the Stars" partner Emma Slater ham it up earlier this year at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Michael Waltrip has an unusual double this weekend.

On Sunday, the founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will compete in the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, a place where the 51-year-old Waltrip has one victory and eight top-five finishes. 

This will be just the 19th start for Waltrip in the 175 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races run since the start of the 2010 season. He will drive the MWR No. 66 Toyota in the Cup race. 

Sunday night, Waltrip will fly to Los Angeles for another Monday night appearance on "Dancing With The Stars." In between there’s dance practice in the Oxford, Ala., YMCA with Emma Slater, who Waltrip was scheduled to take to Talladega Boulevard Friday night to witness some of the famous nightlife at the track.

Waltrip is also doing his usual television analyst work with FOX and FOX Sports 1 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, qualifying and race at Talladega. Coverage for the Truck Series race begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on FOX.

Waltrip said he has a better chance winning the Cup race on Sunday than he does the dance competition.

"It’s been a wonderful experience," said Waltrip of his dancing. "I had the best time last week doing my disco. And I was so proud of it until those four judges spoke. They didn’t like my disco so well. 

"One of ’em said, and I quote, ‘It was entertaining as hell, but I’m tired of being entertained,’ " said Waltrip. "Well, what the heck? I’m not trying to win a Pulitzer Prize or anything, I’m trying to dance, you know?"

Waltrip said he’s ready to dance again.

"The dance were doing this week is the Argentine Tango," he said. "It’s quite a lot different than the disco. So it’s really, like, romantic and sexy."

VIDEO: Michael Waltrip dances in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt