Waltrip, Johnson among Daytona half marathoners

Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will log some extra

miles around Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Waltrip is one of four NASCAR drivers running in the Daytona

Beach half marathon, which begins and ends at the famed 2 1/2-mile

superspeedway. The 13.1-mile course also goes to the beach and


Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick

Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola also are trading

in their racing shoes for running shoes.

”Well, I ran my last marathon in 2005, and I ran the Vegas

Marathon in 3:55,” said the 50-year-old Waltrip. ”I was really

proud of that. I think I ran both halves in about the same amount

of time. I haven’t really run since then. I used this as motivation

just to try to get back into better shape.