Michael Waltrip Gets A New Look By Jonathan Antin


New Hairstyle Could Give Waltrip Competitive Edge to the Labor Day NASCAR Weekend Finish Under the Lights Event

There's no doubt that when NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Michael Waltrip is talked about, his luxurious locks of hair often penetrate the conversation. When the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series ascends on Auto Club Speedway this weekend, everyone will be talking about Waltrip's new hairstyle that "Blow Out" star and celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Antin created in his West Hollywood salon in preparation for the SONY HD 500 this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

"I wanted to give Jonathan enough hair to work with - an artist needs a full palette to work with," said Waltrip of his nearly chin length hair. "Hopefully my NAPA hat will fit now, I put it on and it pops right up because I have so much hair."

In front of a captivated audience, Antin snipped away at Waltrip's mane. Hair fell to the ground while the two talked about everything from racing for pinks to Waltrip's impressive two Daytona 500 victories.

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"I'm a car man," said Antin. "In fact, next year might be the first year in 20 years I take off from styling celebrities for the Academy Awards® because so I can go to the NASCAR race." The Auto Club 500 will be held at Auto Club Speedway on February 25.

Antin created a new captivating style for Waltrip and used his famous styling product called Dirt.

"Dirt's good stuff, I really like the way my hair looks," Waltrip said. He even joked with Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker that he's going to use Dirt on Sunday to prepare for the pre-race stage and driver introductions.

Waltrip has accumulated more miles at Auto Club Speedway than any other driver and his new style might provide him the competitive edge he needs to take the checkered flag and find himself in Gatorade Victory Lane on Sunday. Of course, that might also mean a new tradition of visiting Antin's salon before each Auto Club Speedway race.

NASCAR roars into town on Labor Day weekend and the West Coast's premier sports and entertainment venue, Auto Club Speedway, will be the only place to catch it! Opportunity, California FanZone will make its debut over the Labor Day NASCAR weekend, complete with the Speedway's very own restaurant Apex by Wolfgang Puck, retail store Impulse, interactive performers and an entertainment stage featuring Sony recording group Crossfade, Latin singer Patricia Manterola, Country sensation Julie Roberts, television favorite Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts and alternative band Puddle of Mudd. Auto Club Speedway has also expanded the area to include shade and leisure features as well as several other West Coast features for race fans to enjoy.

Come to the Auto Club Speedway for the SONY HD 500 this Sunday, September 3. Tickets are available by calling 800-944-RACE [7223] or can be purchased online (using the convenient print at home method) at www.autoclubspeedway.com or www.racetickets.com.


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