Back in 1991, Michael Waltrip set about earning a little piece of fame that no one really wants. It was during a practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway, when he lost the car and headed for the wall. What he hit was not a wall. At that time, Bristol had an iron gate that swung open to allow emergency vehicles and infield traffic to exit the track.
Mikey’s car caught the edge of that gate, and the result was phenomenal. The gate survived nicely, but Mikey's car was torn and twisted into something unrecognizable. Big brother Darrell came really close to breaking the 4-minute mile getting to that car, totally prepared for the worst. Lifting away the torn roof, he was treated to the sight of Mikey, standing on the ground since there was no floor left, asking sheepishly "What's the matter?"
Mikey managed a self-evacuation from the car through what had once been the engine compartment, and to the amazement of doctors and fans, was unhurt. That car is on display at the Motorsports Museum at Talladega.