Let's face it: Michael Waltrip's time as a NASCAR driver is running short. After winning four times with DEI, Waltrip left the organization to start his own race team.
Since that time, Waltrip has fallen off the wagon. Last year, Waltrip had only one top-5 finish, a second at New Hampshire.
The year before, Waltrip only made 14 of the 36 scheduled races, while adjusting to his newly formed team.
In a recent press conference, Waltrip himself admitted, if results aren't seen, this could be the final sunset on his career.
"My goal is to go win some races this year, run up front so that I don't have to say this is my last year.
"But if I don't do those things, if I can't compete at the level that [David] Reutimann does or NAPA expects, then I probably won't get to do this again in 2010."
One good thing out of all of this, Waltrip has the role of ownership to fall back on if this season does not turn out well.
He has a talented driver in David Reutimann and can develop his team with the right acquisitions.