“We Are Not in Commercial Break Anymore” – NASCAR Legend Hilariously Called Out on Public Broadcast Amid Hysterical Tire Smoke Conundrum

Published 05/30/2023, 11:55 AM EDT

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The past week was indeed an exciting one for race fans. While the Indy500 had plenty of drama of its own, the NASCAR races were also a thriller. However, there was a funny side to it all too.

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With NASCAR returning to the iconic North Carolina track at Charlotte, the live telecast of the Xfinity Series gave the fans a hilarious moment. The subtle conversation between commentators turned jolly when the NASCAR great confessed his mischiefs on live Tv.

During the qualifying laps of the race, NASCAR veteran Michael Waltrip gave the community a refreshing bit of his humorous self when he spilled the beans as Adam Alexander caught the former driver red-handed.

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Michael Waltrip Spills the Bean During the Live Telecast as He Confesses His Shenanigans!

For young fans out there, you may know, Michael Waltrip as a senior commentator at Fox. But the man is a certified talent behind the wheel of a race car. During his prime racing years, the younger brother of the great Darrell Waltrip racked all of his wins for Dale Earnhardt Inc and became the 2001 and 2003 Daytona 500 winner.

With his racing career now in the rearview mirror, now he is the pre-race analyst for the NASCAR Cup Series and the commentator for the Xfinity Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. Waltrip is also popular among fans for his charismatic personality.

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Recently, during the live qualifying session of the Xfinity Series, Michael Waltrip took the community by surprise when he admitted his deeds in a hilarious turn of events. While #11 Daniel Hemric was putting his best time on the track, smoking his tires, Adam Alexander said something that led the SRX driver to admit his deeds.

Michael said, If you are watching at home just tuning in that tire smokes a little bit normal. You do not want it, but you can deal with it. As a driver you smell it and it drives you crazy because you’re like oh  I hope that thing hangs for a lap.”

Soon his fellow commentator, Alexander gave the driver a pat on the back as he poked fun at him saying, I dont know if that was tire smoke when you gave me a ride here but I could smell it, you know, I smelled everything, heard everything.”

Waltrip then confessed, “Yeah, that wasn’t tire smoke,” while Alexander reminded him that they are live on air as he said, “We’re not in commercial break anymore Michael.”

While he is a commentator for Xfinity and Truck Series events, the witty Waltrip, ahead of the latest race at Charlotte, also went for a grid walk that had the community bursting in tears.

Michael Waltrip Goes on a Grid Walk Ahead of the Coca-Cola 600

While the Coca-Cola 600 was itself a runaway hit with all the elements. The presence of Michael Waltrip on the track ahead of the race gave fans a merry time. The charming guy went on to interact with Trackhouse Racing stars: Ross Chastain and his teammate Daniel Suarez.

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Later, after his brief conversation with the #99 driver, in a hilarious turn of events, Michael Waltrip, on his way scrounging for some fun, bumped into a fellow with a big hat. Later on, the ecstatic stroll of the former driver had the fans in laughter as he later revealed how Rodney Childers was hiding from him.

As Waltrip ran into Rodney Childress, who seemed to look the other way, he took the opportunity to poke fun at Childress. He said, “Some of the driver are in their uniforms you can believe that or not, Rodney Childers is hiding from me with his umbrella down because he doesn’t want to talk to me,” 

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At a time when the sport has numerous controversies and heated debates, people like Michael Waltrip in the booths and on tracks give the fans the much-needed comic relief.

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Kishore is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. With a degree in engineering, Kishore's love for automobiles, particularly the roaring naturally-aspirated V8s, naturally led him to NASCAR. Kishore's writing is characterized by his intense passion for the sport, as well as his ability to conduct in-depth research and analysis.
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